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Freedom of Choice through the Promotion of Gender Equality
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
2009 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 43, no 6, 666-679 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that policies that promote gender equality actually also increase freedom of choice. Thus, despite the neo-liberal criticism that welfare policies limit choices and privatization and market solutions increase freedom of choice, this article concludes that market-liberal welfare regimes offer less choice than the Nordic type of social-democratic welfare regimes, which have openly striven to promote gender equality. They do so by making it easier for mothers to choose to work (by making day care available and making it easier for fathers to stay at home with children) and by giving fathers the ability to choose to spend more time with children. However, within the realm of such policies, it is still possible to offer more or less freedom of choice, for example, by making parental leaves either extremely flexible or rigid in how they are utilized. Interestingly, it turns out that, in the real world, policies that promote gender equality even offer greater freedom of choice for the group of women considered to be 'family oriented' as well as for lesbian and homosexual couples.

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2009. Vol. 43, no 6, 666-679 p.
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Gender, Family policy, Freedom of choice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-9354DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2009.00687.xISI: 000271252100010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-70449650834OAI: diva2:425412
Available from: 2011-06-21 Created: 2011-06-21 Last updated: 2015-05-18Bibliographically approved

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