Reconciliation Policy

Amy G. Mazur

in Theorizing Feminist Policy

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246724
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599859 | DOI:

Series: Gender and Politics

 Reconciliation Policy

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In the first section, the analysis defines the general feminist aims and parameters of the sub‐area of Reconciliation Policy. It then discusses the range and timing of policies found in the 13 countries and closes with a discussion of the criteria for selecting the four policy cases covered in the chapter. Reconciliation policy covers government action that explicitly addresses the relationship between work and family to improve women's situation through reconciling family and work responsibilities for women, and, in some cases, men. In the second section, the results of the analysis of the policy case literature on the dynamics of feminist policy formation is presented for the following four cases: The Evolution of Childcare Policy in Denmark; The 1986 Federal Childcare Benefit Act in Germany; The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act in the USA; The 1995 Reform of Social Welfare Legislation in Ireland. The analysis concludes that the most important factors in determining feminist policy success in this particular sub‐sector of feminist policy may be women‐friendly policy logics and cultural attitudes about gender.

Keywords: cultural attitudes; Denmark; family; feminist policy; gender; Germany; Ireland; USA; work

Chapter.  8896 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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