Parental choice and the passion for equality in Finland

Minna Salmi

in Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346452
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303015 | DOI:
Parental choice and the passion for equality in Finland

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This chapter gathers survey data and analyses the outcome of the 1990s family policy reforms using a gender equality perspective. It examines two different policy reforms: the parents' views on the arrangement of parental leave and how it should be shared by the parents, and the issue of parents' choice of day care or cash grant for care. The analysis suggests that the new ways of developing family leave arrangements are in disharmony with the wishes of men and women who currently live in families with young children.

Keywords: family policy reforms; gender equality perspective; parental leave; family leave arrangements; survey data

Chapter.  9464 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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