The Politics of Parental Leave Policies

Children, Parenting, Gender and the Labour Market

Edited by Sheila B. Kamerman - Peter Moss

The Politics of Parental Leave Policies

Edited by Sheila B. Kamerman, Peter Moss

Publisher: Policy Press

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Publication date: 22 July 2009

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ISBN: 1847420672 ISBN 13: 9781847420671

The Politics of Parental Leave Policies

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. Looking at parental leave policy within a wider work/family context, this book addresses how and why, and by whom, particular policies are created and developed in particular countries. Top page

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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 of attaining important demographic, social and economic goals and is the point where many different policy areas intersect: child wellbeing, 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 attention has been paid to understanding the factors that bring about these variations. The politics of parental leave policies makes good this omission. Looking at parental leave policy within a wider work/family context, it addresses how and why, and by whom, particular policies are created and subsequently developed in particular countries. Chapters covering fifteen countries in Europe and beyond and the European Union bring together leading academic experts to provide a unique insight into the past, present and future state of this key policy area. The politics of parental leave policies is essential reading for students, teachers and researchers in social policy, child and family policy, welfare states, gender relations and equality, and employment and labour markets, providing an opportunity to study in depth the creation of social policy. It will also be of interest to policy makers in national governments and international organisations. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Policy Press

City: Bristol

Pages: 296

More info: height 240 mm width 172 mm weight 640 gr thickness 23 mm

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Age recommended: College/higher education

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC22) 331.25763094 Library of Congress Subject: Parental leave - Europe

Record updated at: 20 June, 2014 time: 13:06

Summary The Politics of Parental Leave Policies Introduction ~ Peter Moss and Sheila B. Kamerman; Australia: the difficult birth of paid maternity leave ~ Deborah Brennan; Canada and Quebec: two policies, one country ~ Andrea Doucet, Lindsey McKay and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay; Czech Republic: normative or choice oriented system? ~ JiA ina Kocourkova; Estonia: from Soviet Union to half way to the Nordic Countries ~ Marre Karu and Katre Pall; Finland: negotiating tripartite compromises ~ Johanna Lammi-Taskula and Pentti Takala; France: gender equality a pipe dream? ~ Jeanne Fagnani and Antoine Math; Germany: taking a Nordic turn? ~ Daniel Erler; Hungary and Slovenia: long leave or short? ~ Marta Korintus and Nada Stropnik; Iceland: from reluctance to fast track engineering ~ Thorgerdur Einarsdottir and Gyda Margret Petursdottir; The Netherlands: bridging labour and care ~ Janneke Plantenga and Chantal Remery; Norway: the making of the father's quota ~ Berit Brandth and Elin Kvande; Portugal and Spain: two pathways in Southern Europe ~ Karin Wall and Anna Escobedo; Sweden: individualisation or free choice in parental leave ~ Anders Chronholm; The European Directive: making supra-national parent leave policy ~ Bernard Fusulier; Conclusions ~ Sheila Kamerman and Peter Moss. Top page

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