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Work and family policy : international comparative perspectives

Author: Stephen A Sweet
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2012.
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"Numerous challenges exist in respect to integrating work and family institutions and there is remarkable cross-national variation in the ways that societies respond to these concerns with policy. This volume examines these concerns by focusing on cross-national variation in structural/cultural arrangements. Consistent support is found in respect to the prospects of expanding resources for working families both in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen A Sweet
ISBN: 9780415520140 0415520142
OCLC Number: 775027994
Description: v, 144 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Anticipated and Unanticipated Consequences of Work-Family Policy: Insights from International Comparative Analyses Stephen Sweet 2. The Impact of Work-Family Policies on Women's Employment: A Review of Research fro OECD Countries Ariane Hegewisch and Janet Gornick 3. Work-Family Policies and the Effects of Children on Women's Employment Hours and Wages Joya Misra, Michelle Budig and Irene Boeckmann 4. Rethinking the Paradox: Tradeoffs in Work-Family Policy and Patterns of Gender Inequality Hadas Mandel 5. Fathers' Rights to Paid Parental Leave in the Nordic Countries --
Consequences for the Gendered Division of Leave Linda Haas and Tine Rostgaard 6. Family Policies i Developed Countries: A "Fertility-Booster" with Side-Effects Olivier Thevenon and Anne Gauthier 7. Differences in Women's Employment Patterns and Family Policies: Eastern and Western Germany Birgit Pfau-Effinger and Maike Smidt 8. "It Was Just Too Hard to Come Back" Unintended Policy Impacts on Work-Family Balance in the Australian and Canadian NonProfit Social Services Donna Baines 9. Flexibility Implementation to a Global Workforce: A Case Study of Merck and Company, Inc. Lori Muse.
Responsibility: edited by Stephen Sweet.

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"Numerous challenges exist in respect to integrating work and family institutions and there is remarkable cross-national variation in the ways that societies respond to these concerns with policy. This volume examines these concerns by focusing on cross-national variation in structural/cultural arrangements. Consistent support is found in respect to the prospects of expanding resources for working families both in the opportunity to provide care, as well as to remain integrated in the workforce. However, the studies in this volume offer qualifiers, explaining why some effects are not as strong as might be hoped and why effects are sometimes restricted to particular classifications of workers or families. It is apparent that, when different societies implement similar policies, they do not necessarily do so with the same intended outcomes, and usage is mediated by how policies are received by employers and workers. The chapters in this book speak to the merits of international comparative analysis in identifying the strategies, challenges and benefits of providing resources to workers and their families"--Page i.

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