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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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Parental choice and the passion for equality in Finland

Parental choice and the passion for equality in Finland

(p.145) Seven Parental choice and the passion for equality in Finland
Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Minna Salmi

Policy Press

This chapter gathers survey data and analyses the outcome of the 1990s family policy reforms using a gender equality perspective. It examines two different policy reforms: the parents' views on the arrangement of parental leave and how it should be shared by the parents, and the issue of parents' choice of day care or cash grant for care. The analysis suggests that the new ways of developing family leave arrangements are in disharmony with the wishes of men and women who currently live in families with young children.

Keywords:   family policy reforms, gender equality perspective, parental leave, family leave arrangements, survey data

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