Gendering Welfare States (SAGE Modern Politics series) by Diane Sainsbury

By Diane Sainsbury

How can mainstream types and classifications be utilized in interpreting welfare states and gender? What forms of changes to standard idea are required? those and different questions are addressed during this publication - the 1st to synthesize the insights of feminist and mainstream study in interpreting the effect of gender on welfare country research and results. The textual content additionally highlights the impact of welfare nation guidelines on ladies and men.

The overseas and interdisciplinary participants process the topic on degrees. First, they attempt the applicability of mainstream frameworks to new parts in studying gender. moment, they spotlight attainable reconceptualizations and leading edge frameworks designed to supply gender-base

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This occurs when he incorporates the continental European countries and the Catholic social doctrine, which assigns the family a dominant role in the solution of social problems. Notwithstanding his correct observation that the family, the church and the community cannot 'play the game of the market if they are saddled with social responsibilities' (1990:42), he fails to investigate the specific interplay of these institutions, and state and market in the liberal and social democratic regimes. Hence, he also excludes the hierarchical gender division of labour and the very different position of the sexes vis-a-vis family, state and market from his analysis.

The theory of de-commodification is not well equipped to account for a transition from private dependency to state dependency. In sum, de-commodification is too fixated on the impact of wage labour and neglects the crucial role of unpaid caring work in the welfare state. If we want to integrate gender, the concept of de-commodification must be changed. An extension of the concept is difficult, because how do we designate the increasing labour market participation of women: as de-commodification or as commodification?

One example is that equal pay and not the family wage has been an explicit objective of the Community. Article 119 of the Treaty of Rome, on equal pay, was introduced as a result of French employers' fear of losing competitive advantages, because France was the only member country which had equal pay. This was followed up by a directive in 1975, and the European Court has ordered some member states to strengthen the national legislation on equal pay. Directives of 1978 and 1986 on equal treatment in social insurance schemes have also aimed at achieving parity between women and men in social insurance schemes.

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