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Description - Child Care Policy at the Crossroads by Sonya Michel

As women have become increasingly integrated into the waged labor force around the world, the idea of childcare has found its way onto the political agenda in every country in the developed world. Experimentation with different social safety-nets is at the heart of contemporary debates, as are innovative mixes of public and private provisions. Whether childcare is seen as part of society's educational policy, welfare policy, or employment policy affects not only its form and content but also its public image. The US and Canada are reforming welfare and instituting workfare, but Sweden has recently experimented with promoting private services to reduce the size of its public sector and offer citizens more "choice." The Netherlands, Germany and other members of the EU are focusing on sharing work between women and men by increasing leisure and "family time." The contributors use current polices for the care of infants and preschool children to analyze debates and track the emergence of new state welfare practices across a variety of social and political configurations-and offer some conclusions about which methods work the best. Contributors include: Deborah Brennan, Rianne Mahon, Susan Phillips, Jane Jenson, Anette Borchorst, George Ross, Mariette Sineau, Vincent Della Sala, Ito Peng, Jet Bussemaker, Celia Valiente, Christin

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415927055
ISBN-10: 0415927056
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sonya Michel

Sonya Michel is Associate Professor of History and the Director of Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author or editor of seven books including: Children's Interests/Mother's Rights and Mothers of a New World. Rianne Mahon is Professor of Public Administration and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Carleton University.

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