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Conclusion: family policy paradoxes

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/9781847424556.003.0007
Conclusion: family policy paradoxes

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This chapter draws together the findings of the preceding chapters, highlighting the reforms and visions that have shaped family-policy paradoxes in Sweden over more than seven decades and have created the currently widely debated policy model for reconciling work and family life. Few if any policy areas show such continuity as family policy and gender-equality policy. Social democratic and centre-right governments alike argue that gender inequalities have a detrimental impact not only on women and men and children, but also on society as a whole and on employment and economic growth. Thus, women and men must share caring and household responsibilities. Gender equality is the key to building a wealthy and sustainable society, and this conviction has become something of a dogma in Swedish politics.

Keywords: family policy; Sweden; gender equality; centre-right government; economic growth

Chapter.  4409 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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