Public Childcare, Parental Leave, and Employment

Marcia K. Meyers, Janet C. Gornick and Katherin E. Ross

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

 Public Childcare, Parental Leave, and Employment

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Analyses the effects of parental leave and public childcare on mothers’ employment across 14 countries, including the 12 countries discussed in the first 3 chapters. The results suggest that policy configurations influence the patterns of employment of mothers. The analysis of national policy performance also reveals a cluster of countries—Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, and Sweden—that cut across welfare state regimes.

Keywords: Belgium; childcare; Denmark; Finland; France; Italy; mothers’ employment; parental leave; Sweden; welfare state

Chapter.  10346 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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