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Family policy and gender equality in the new millennium

Åsa Lundqvist

in Family policy paradoxes

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424556
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302339 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424556.003.0006
Family policy and gender equality in the new millennium

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This chapter discusses gender-equality policy during the first decade of the new millennium, initially marked by the rise and fall of radical feminism in policy making, and later by the diversity turn in gender-equality policy. The social-democratic government lost in the election of 2006, and was succeeded by a centre-right (alliance) government. The alliance made individual freedom of choice its main point of departure, while recognising the existence of gender inequalities. This led the government to introduce family-policy reforms aimed at facilitating women's entry into the labour market. The reforms introduced by the centre-right government can only be described as paradoxical. The introduction of the cash-for-care scheme directly contradicted the idea of full employment for all citizens. The other paradox lay in the ambition to enhance the freedom of choice for those individuals who were given incentives to participate in the labour market.

Keywords: radical feminism; gender equality; centre-right government; labour market

Chapter.  10575 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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