Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Gender relations in welfare states

Edited by Anne Lise Ellingsaeter, Arnlaug Leira, Jon Kvist, Johan Fritzell, Bjorn Hvinden, and Olli Kangas

Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Edited by Anne Lise Ellingsaeter, Arnlaug Leira, Jon Kvist, Johan Fritzell, Bjorn Hvinden, and Olli Kangas

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

296 pages
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781861346452 Published November 2011 For sale in North and South America only
The Nordic countries have been able to raise living standards and curb inequalities without compromising economic growth. But with social inequalities on the rise how do they fare when compared to countries with alternative welfare models, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany?Taking a comparative perspective, this book casts new light on the changing inequalities in Europe. It will be invaluable for students and policy makers interested in European social policy and living conditions.
Contents
Introduction: politicising parenthood in Scandinavia - Anne Lise Ellingsæter and Arnlaug Leira

Part One: Politicising parenthood: legacies and challenges
Parenthood change and policy reform in Scandinavia 1970s-2000s - Arnlaug Leira
Nordic fertility patterns: compatible with gender equality? - Marit Rønsen and Kare Skrede

Part Two: Gender equality and parental choice in welfare state redesign
Nordic men on parental leave: can the welfare state change gender relations? - Johanna Lammi-Taskula
The public-private split rearticulated: abolishment of the Danish daddy leave - Anette Borchorst
The Norwegian childcare regime and its paradoxes - Anne Lise Ellingsæter
Parental choice and the passion for equality in Finland - Minna Salmi

Part Three: Work, family and the welfare state: redefining family models
Woman-friendliness and economic depression: Finland and Sweden in the 1990s - Heikki Hiilamo
Working time and caring strategies: parenthood in different welfare states - Thomas P. Boje
Diverging paths? The dual-earner/dual-carer model in Finland and Sweden in the 1990s - Anita Haataja and Anita Nyberg
Lone motherhood in the Nordic countries: sole providers in the dual-breadwinner regimes - Anne Skevik
Epilogue: Scandinavian policies of parenthood - a success story? - Anne Lise Ellingsæter and Arnlaug Leira
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