Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance

A Comparative Study in Four European Countries

  • Margret Fine-Davis
  • Jeanne Fagnani
  • Dino Giovannini
  • Lis Højgaard
  • Hilary Clarke

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Pages 1-8
  3. Pages 9-21
  4. Pages 23-39
  5. Pages 41-54
  6. Pages 55-73
  7. Pages 89-95
  8. Pages 133-177
  9. Pages 219-246
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 247-350

About this book


At the risk of sounding frivolous, there is a good case to be made for the argument that women constitute the revolutionary force behind contemporary social and economic transformation. It is in large part the changing role of women that explains the new household structure, our altered demographic behaviour, the growth of the service economy and, as a consequence, the new dilemmas that the advanced societies face. Most European countries have failed to adapt adequately to the novel challenges and the result is an increasingly serious disequilibrium. Women explicitly desire economic independence and the societal collective, too, needs to maximise female employment. And yet, this runs up against severe incompatibility problems that then result in very low birth rates. Our aging societies need more kids, yet fertility levels are often only half of what citizens define as their desired number of children. No matter what happens in the next decade, we are doomed to have exceedingly small cohorts that, in turn, must shoulder the massive burden of supporting a retired baby-boom generation. Hence it is tantamount that tomorrow’s adults be maximally productive and, yet, the typical EU member state invests very little in its children and families.


European Union (EU) Nation family policy gender gender roles quality of life social indicators social policy women

Authors and affiliations

  • Margret Fine-Davis
    • 1
  • Jeanne Fagnani
    • 2
  • Dino Giovannini
    • 3
  • Lis Højgaard
    • 4
  • Hilary Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Gender and Women’s StudiesTrinity CollegeDublinIreland
  2. 2.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, MATISSEUniversity of Paris-1France
  3. 3.Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative SciencesUniversity of Modena & Reggio EmiliaItaly
  4. 4.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1807-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2538-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
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