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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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Nordic fertility patterns: compatible with gender equality?1

Nordic fertility patterns: compatible with gender equality?1

(p.52) (p.53) Three Nordic fertility patterns: compatible with gender equality?1
Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Marit Rønsen

Kari Skrede

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the connection between the policies of parenthood and fertility levels. It argues that the role of family policies in maintaining high fertility levels is often overstated. It also determines that the current Nordic fertility patterns indicate that a sustainable level of fertility in the long run is dependent on parenthood policies with stronger incentives for gender equality. The chapter also discusses the fertility development of the Nordic countries and the ‘Nordic model of family welfare’, and introduces the concept of fertility dynamics.

Keywords:   fertility levels, family policy, Nordic fertility patterns, parenthood policies, gender equality, Nordic model of family welfare, fertility dynamics

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