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Politicising parenthood in ScandinaviaGender relations in welfare states$
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Anne Lise Ellingsaeter and Arnlaug Leira

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346452

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346452.001.0001

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Epilogue: Scandinavian policies of parenthood – a success story?

Epilogue: Scandinavian policies of parenthood – a success story?

(p.265) Twelve Epilogue: Scandinavian policies of parenthood – a success story?
Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Anne Lise Ellingsæter

Arnlaug Leira

Policy Press

This concluding chapter summarises the main trends in the approach of Nordic welfare states to work/family balance since the 1990s. It then considers one of the main questions addressed in this book: in what directions are parenthood policies taking gender relations? The welfare state crisis; parental ‘choice’; and the needs of children, mothers, and fathers and gender equality are reviewed as well.

Keywords:   main trends, Nordic welfare states, work/family balance, parenthood policies, gender relations, welfare state crisis, parental choice, gender equality

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