Gender equality re-visited: Changes in Nordic child-care policies in the 2000?

Gudny Eydal, Tine Rostgaard

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The Nordic childcare policy model is often reviewed and even recommended internationally for its contribution to gender equality, high female labour force participation and, perhaps more indirectly, to a high fertility rate. Nordic childcare services and parental leave schemes have thus been portrayed in the literature as policies which have managed to facilitate a work–family model of dual earners and dual carers. However, the recent introduction of cash-for-care schemes seems to go against the Nordic dual earner/dual carer model and ideals of gender equality, in supporting parental (maternal) care of the child in the home. At the same time, new upcoming trends of political fatherhood and the perspective of lifelong learning for the child are also changing the Nordic childcare model.

This article provides an analysis of how new childcare policy goals have been articulated into policies from the late 1990s to the late 2000s and how these may challenge the traditional goals of the Nordic welfare states.
TidsskriftSocial Policy and Administration
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)161-179
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - 7 jan. 2011
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • Childcare
  • Policies
  • Gender
  • Equality
  • Nordic

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