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Spain's Transition to New Risks: A Farewell to ‘Superwomen’

Luis Moreno

in New Risks, New Welfare

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267262
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019926726X.003.0006
Spain's Transition to New Risks: A Farewell to ‘Superwomen’

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Mediterranean welfare states, of which Spain is a major example, have traditionally relied on family support and in particular on the unwaged work of women to provide child and elder care and to support members who have a weak labour market position. During the 1980s and 1990s, social spending has increased and the regional system has played an important role in driving reform and welfare state expansion. However, greater labour market flexibility and demands on women to work have placed even more stress on the family system.

Keywords: active labour market; childcare; pensions; politics; reform; regions; rentas minimas; retrenchment; social policy; social risks; Spain; Toledo pact; unemployment; welfare state; work

Chapter.  9506 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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