Title

Defamilisation measures and women’s labour force participation : a comparative study of twelve countries

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy

Publication Date

2-17-2017

Volume

33

Issue

1

First Page

73

Last Page

86

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

comparative welfare study, care-focused defamilisation, defamilisation indices, welfare regimes, defamilisation, women labour participation

Abstract

This paper examines the relevance of two interpretations of defamilisation (the ‘freedom of family’ and the ‘freedom of women from the family’) to the search for effective measures for strengthening women’s participation in the paid labour market. Based on these two interpretations, two types of defamilisation measure (care-focused and women’s) are identified. Two defamilisation indices are developed respectively covering twelve countries. The importance of the two types of defamilisation measures in assisting women to access employment are discussed from two angles. The input angle refers to the extent to which countries are committed to the provision of these two defamilisation measures. The output angle is about the relationship between the two defamilisation measures and the degree of women’s participation in the paid labour market. Through conducting these analytical tasks, this paper also contributes to the examination of the relationship between types of welfare regimes and the provision of defamilisation measures.

DOI

10.1080/21699763.2017.1288157

Print ISSN

21699763

E-ISSN

2169978X

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Recommended Citation

Chau, R. C. M., Yu, S. W. K., Foster, L., & Lau, M. K. W. (2017). Defamilisation measures and women's labour force participation: A comparative study of twelve countries. Journal of Internatioal and Comparative Social Policy, 33(1), 73-86. doi: 10.1080/21699763.2017.1288157