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Care and social integration in European societies$
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Birgit Pfau-Effinger and Birgit Geissler

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346049

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.001.0001

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Women's work between family and welfare state: part-time work and childcare in France and Sweden

Women's work between family and welfare state: part-time work and childcare in France and Sweden

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(p.215) Eleven Women's work between family and welfare state: part-time work and childcare in France and Sweden
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Care and social integration in European societies
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Anne-Marie Daune-Richard

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0011

This chapter investigates how public policies in France and Sweden shape mothers' access to and position in the labour market. It also argues that this position is related to the way work and citizenship are linked differently in each of the two countries for women and men. French families enjoyed access to free nursery schools for children aged three and above, even though there were not nearly enough places to meet demand. The driving principle behind the Swedish model confers equal rights and duties on men and women in respect of their responsibilities as parents and workers.

Keywords:   public policies, France, Sweden, women, family, welfare state, labour market

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