Gender and the Welfare State: Care, Work and Welfare in Europe and the USA

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This accessible book explores the configuration of care, work and welfare in the major European Union countries and in the USA. Bringing together the most recent empirical data available, it examines the impact of the welfare state on women's and men's roles and power relations, and on their access to resources.
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"Mary Daly and Katherine Rake have produced a comprehensiveanalysis of the relationship between gender and the welfare state– through the integrated lenses of care, work and welfare.They combine expert syntheses of several literatures with their ownempirical work, using a unique blend of quantitative andqualitative methods. Gender and The Welfare State willsurely become a standard text for all scholars of comparativesocial policy – generalists and gender specialists alike."Janet C. Gornick, City University of New York

"A significant account of how gender relations are shaped bynational welfare states and how the welfare state reaches deep intothe society." International Journal of ContemporarySociology

"This excellent book is a comparative study of gender relationsand care, work and welfare in eight countries...Gender and theWelfare State provides us with comprehensive reference materialthat will prove a valuable book for students..." Lavinia Mittin,Work, employment and society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745622316
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Daly is Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast; Katherine Rake is Director of the Fawcett Society.

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Table of Contents

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List of Figures
Introduction 1
1 Studying the Welfare State and Gender: The Insights of Existing Work 10
1.1 Conceptualizing the Welfare State 11
1.2 The Relationship between the Welfare State and Gender 15
1.3 Developing an Agency Perspective on the Welfare State and Gender Relations 20
1.4 Comparison and the Study of the Welfare State and Gender Relations 24
2 Framework of Analysis 32
2.1 Defining the Welfare State 32
2.2 Defining Gender and Gender Relations 37
2.3 The Welfare State and Gender Relations - Towards a Framework of Analysis 39
2.4 The Approach to Comparison 42
3 Gender and the Prevention of Care 48
3.1 The Governance of Care 49
3.2 The Provision of Care 54
3.3 Income and Other Implications of Caring 58
3.4 Power Relations and Contests Associated with Gender and Care 66
4 Gender and Work 70
4.1 The Organization of Work and the Links to the Welfare State 71
4.2 Women's Relationship to Employment 74
4.3 Power Relations and Contests Associated with Gender and Work 89
5 Welfare, Household Resources and Gender Relations 93
5.1 Gender Relations and Welfare State Redistribution 94
5.2 The Gender Dimension of Income and Poverty 96
5.3 Power Relations and Contests Arising around Gender and the Distribution of Income 113
6 Individual Resources and Household Redistribution 118
6.1 Individual and Family Resources, Welfare and Gender Relations 119
6.2 Individual Resources and the Gender Resource Balance 122
6.3 Power Relations and Contests Arising around Individual Resources and the Gender Resource Balance 133
7 Towards and Explanation of National Configurations and Cross-national Patterns 138
7.1 National Configurations of the Welfare State and Gender Relations 138
7.2 Cross-national Similarities and Differences 152
7.3 The Significance of the Welfare State for Cross-national Variation 158
8 Conclusions and Overview 164
8.1 Studying the Welfare State and Gender in a Comparative Perspective 164
8.2 Pressure Points around Care, Work and Welfare and the Challenges for Future Policy 168
Technical Appendix 179
Notes 185
References 191
Index 204
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