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Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia: Gender relations in welfare states

Anne Lise Ellingsaeter and Arnlaug Leira


How to respond to the needs of working parents has become a pressing social policy issue in contemporary Western Europe. This book highlights the politicising of parenthood in the Scandinavian welfare states, while focusing on the relationship between parents and the state, and the ongoing renegotiations between the public and the private. Drawing on new empirical research, leading Scandinavian academics provide an up-to-date record and critical synthesis of Nordic work-family reforms since the 1990s. A broad range of policies targeting working parents is examined including: the expansion of c ... More

Keywords: working parents, Scandinavia, childcare services, parental leave, cash benefits, working hours, parenthood

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9781861346452
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346452.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Lise Ellingsaeter, editor

Arnlaug Leira, editor

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