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The politics of parental leave policies: Children, parenting, gender and the labour market

Sheila Kamerman and Peter Moss


With the growth of parental employment, leave policy is at the centre of welfare state development and at the heart of countries' child and family policies. It is widely recognised as an essential element for attaining important demographic, social and economic goals and is the point where many different policy areas intersect: child well-being, family, gender equality, employment and labour markets, and demography. Leave policy, therefore, gives a unique insight into a country's values, interests, and priorities. International comparisons of leave policy are widely available, but far less att ... More

Keywords: parental employment, leave policy, welfare state, family policies, child well-being, family, gender equality, labour markets, demography, international comparisons

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420671
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheila Kamerman, editor

Peter Moss, editor

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One Introduction

Peter Moss, and Sheila B. Kamerman

Three Canada and Québec: two policies, one country

Andrea Doucet, Lindsey McKay, and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

Six Finland: negotiating tripartite compromises

Johanna Lammi-Taskula, and Pentti Takala

Seven France: gender equality a pipe dream?

Jeanne Fagnani, and Antoine Math

Nine Hungary and Slovenia: long leave or short?

Marta Korintus, and Nada Stropnik

Ten Iceland: from reluctance to fast-track engineering

Thorgerdur Einarsdóttir, and Gyda Margrét Pétursdóttir

Eleven The Netherlands: bridging labour and care

Janneke Plantenga, and Chantal Remery

Twelve Norway: the making of the father's quota

Berit Brandth, and Elin Kvande

Sixteen Conclusion

Sheila B. Kamerman, and Peter Moss