- Hardcover: 194 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2nd Revised ed. edition (April 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521571294
- ISBN-13: 978-0521571296
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,206,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Working Parents and the Welfare State: Family Change and Policy Reform in Scandinavia 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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"[Leira] makes an interesting distinction between the longstanding 'right' of the father t o'opt-out' of child-caring responsibilities against the equally long-standing tradition of mothers not having a right to exercise." Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
The mass entry of women into the labour market, the decline of the male breadwinner norm and the rise of the dual-earner family have transformed Western industrial society as childcare has become increasingly defamilised. This calls for a rethinking of the relationship between the welfare state, labour markets and working parents. Leira advocates the need to also consider the effects on fathers' opportunities to be supported as carers for children. The analysis incorporates new empirical data from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.