Gender and Social‐Democratic Welfare States

Diane Sainsbury

in Gender and Welfare State Regimes

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294160
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600142 | DOI:

Series: Gender and Politics

 Gender and Social‐Democratic Welfare States

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Utilizing a framework based on three gender policy regimes, this chapter analyses the inscription of gender relations in the social provision of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. In contrast to the mainstream literature that emphasizes the similarities between Swedish and Norwegian social policies and that the two countries are the closest approximation of the social democratic welfare regime, policy differences stand out when gender is considered. The next part of the analysis seeks to explain the differences in terms of variations in women's movement strategies, party constellations, and policy legacies. The concluding sections discuss the features of the social democratic welfare regime that undercut gender inequalities and the emergence of a common gender policy regime.

Keywords: Denmark; Finland; gender policy; Norway; policy legacies; political parties; social democracy; Sweden; welfare state; women's movements

Chapter.  15691 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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