Family Policies in the Context of Family Change

The Nordic Countries in Comparative Perspective

  • Editors
  • Ilona Ostner
  • Christoph Schmitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Ilona Ostner, Christoph Schmitt
    Pages 9-35
  3. Ulla Björnberg, Lillemor Dahlgren
    Pages 37-56
  4. Peter Abrahamson, Cecilie Wehner
    Pages 57-74
  5. Katja Forssén, Anne-Mari Jaakola, Veli-Matti Ritakallio
    Pages 75-88
  6. Anne Skevik, Aksel Hatland
    Pages 89-107
  7. Guðný Eydal, Stefán Ólafsson
    Pages 109-127
  8. Naomi Finch
    Pages 129-154
  9. Sigrid Leitner, Ilona Ostner, Christoph Schmitt
    Pages 175-202
  10. Ilona Ostner, Christoph Schmitt
    Pages 203-212
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 213-214

About this book


A better work-life balance for working parents has become an imperative social policy issue in most contemporary welfare states and sets two objectives: to increase flexible labour forces as well as the number of daycare facilities and to improve children´s overall education. Drawing upon up-to-date empirical data, the volume provides detailed insights in policies targeting families, above all, women as (to be) parents and workers. It compares experiences made in Nordic countries during the last 20 years. These countries have become paragons for policies that apparently work in favour of improving the work-life balance, equal employment opportunities and public child care. The Netherlands, Germany and the UK are taken in as countries that provide contrasts in employment patterns and family-related policies. The volume is a timely contribution to ongoing debates on ‘policies that work’ and related quests for policy-learning in regard to boosting female employment, maintaining, even increasing, birth-rates and investing in human resources.


Familienforschung Familienpolitik Familienwandel Geburtenrate Interaktion Kinder Kindertagesstätte Sozialarbeit Sozialpolitik Soziologie soziale Arbeit vergleichende Studie

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