The changing relationship between work, welfare and gender equality in Europe: Developing a capabilities approach through quantitative and qualitative cross-national analysis

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2005
End date: 31/12/2007
Funding: 2200000 SEK


How do families resolve the dilemma of autonomy and care in the context of newly powerful neoliberal ideologies and globalizing capital markets? Which institutional and policy contexts support a work life balance that allows for gender equality and equity? These questions are considered within the theoretical framework of Sen's formulation of capabilities and individual agency and applied to the reconciliation of work and care. The general objective of the project is to re-examine the effects of dynamic changes in the interrelations of welfare, work and care across Europe through a multilayed approach: involving institutional structures, cultures and the practices of women and men to achieve work life balance. The Swedish team will contribute with two cross-national projects: (1) Household strategies: men's employment and care, has two parts: a quantitative analysis of changing labor market statuses and household strategies and their effects on the division of paid work and unpaid carework and a qualitative interviews comparing men's capabilities to make claims for greater participation in care in their families and their workplaces in five countries. (2) Fertility and Employment; the institutional and policy context empirically tests two mechanisms underlying lowest fertility: economic insecurity and the incoherence effect (the lack of fit between changes in women's economic roles and aspirations and the lack of change in institutions and family responsibilities.

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