Gender regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

Gillian Pascall and Anna Kwak

in Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424204
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302414 | DOI:
Gender regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

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This chapter explores the place of Poland among the new Central and Eastern European (CEE) member states of the European Union, and how Poland compares, in key dimensions, with countries of Western Europe. In particular, it situates Poland within theoretical debates about welfare regimes and gender, and examines quantitative comparative data about the new CEE member states and the wider European Union. The chapter investigates the gender models on the male breadwinner/dual-earner spectrum into component parts – paid work, care work, income, and time and voice – asking to what extent they can be seen as systems of gender equality or as systems of traditional gender roles in each of these parts. Additionally, the provisions for care of young children – nurseries, kindergartens, and arrangements for maternity and childcare leave – are reviewed in more detail. Working-time arrangements in CEE countries are distinctive.

Keywords: Central Europe; Eastern Europe; gender equality; European Union; Poland; paid work; care work; income; time; voice

Chapter.  14359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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