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Policy Constructions and Outcomes for Immigrant Women and Men: an Exploratory Probe of Swedish Child Care Policies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how policy constructions shape differences in policy outcomes for immigrant women and men, focusing on two Swedish child care policies: parental leave and child care services. Among the major findings is, first, the universal construction of child care services and parental insurance promotes parity in immigrant and Swedish born parents' utilization. The same percentage--approximately 90 percent--reported their children were enrolled in child care services in the mid-2000s. Without the universal construction nearly half of the immigrant mothers would be ineligible for parental benefits, and a huge immigrant/ethnicity divide in entitlement would exist. 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.

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immigrants, gender, ethnicity, policy constructions, childcare policies, Sweden
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125852OAI: diva2:895525
The Annual Conference of the European Network for Social Policy Analysis (Espanet), Odense, Denmark,3-5 September 2015
Available from: 2016-01-19 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2016-01-19

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