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Policy constructions, immigrants’ social rights and gender: The case of Swedish childcare policies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2019 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 213-227Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how policy constructions shape policy outcomes for immigrant women and men, focusing on two Swedish childcare policies: (1) parental leave and (2) childcare services. It sheds light on the dynamics between policy constructions and (1) the gender differentiation in immigrants social entitlements, (2) the gender differentiation in the Swedish-born population and (3) differences and similarities between the two. Among the major findings is that the universal construction of childcare services and parental insurance promotes parity in immigrant and Swedish-born parents' utilization. Second, a gender differentiation characterizes the claiming of parental benefits, and the differentiation is sharper for immigrant parents. Third, the ethnicity benefit differential is much wider for mothers' parental leave benefits than for fathers' benefits. Fourth, despite universal policy constructions, immigrants' weaker attachment to the labour market affects their social rights, and the effect is greater for immigrant women.

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2019. Vol. 29, no 2, p. 213-227
Keywords [en]
childcare, ethnicity, gender, immigrants, policy constructions, Sweden
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164864DOI: 10.1177/0958928718762311ISI: 000465003800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164864DiVA, id: diva2:1280623
Available from: 2019-01-20 Created: 2019-01-20 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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