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Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia: The limits of political ambition?

Kari Melby, Christina Carlsson Wetterberg, and Anna-Birte Ravn


Gender equality is often seen as a hallmark of the Nordic countries. This book explores this notion by examining the meanings of gender that underpin policies in the Scandinavian welfare states, historically and today. It focuses on three Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Norway, and Sweden – and the policy reforms that have occurred relating to family and care. Beginning with the radical marriage reform carried through in all the three countries in the early decades of the twentieth century, the book progresses to explore contemporary challenges to the traditional model of equality, including ... More

Keywords: gender equality, Nordic countries, Scandinavian welfare states, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, policy reforms, family, care, marriage reform

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847424655
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kari Melby, editor

Christina Carlsson Wetterberg, editor

Anna-Birte Ravn, editor

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A Nordic model of gender equality? Introduction

Kari Melby, Anna-Birte Ravn, and Christina Carlsson Wetterberg

Part One Meanings of gender equality in Scandinavian welfare policy

Part Two Current challenges: competing discourses on gender equality