Cash for childcare : the consequences for caring mothers

edited by Jorma Sipilä, Katja Repo, Tapio Rissanen

This insightful book examines the meaning of, and impacts on, cash-for-care systems for mothers of small children. The contributors present a comprehensive overview of the major political and economic contradictions, theoretical debates concerning cash-for-care, and explore the possibility of implementing it into the social policy system. In social research, cash-for-care is often described as a reactionary benefit that operates against the women's interests. Economists, in turn, ask why the state should pay for reducing female employment and for care that is given anyway. Nevertheless, 'woman-friendly' Nordic countries have introduced cash-for-childcare schemes and many parents are willing to use them. The book examines the payment schemes as a complex whole, where on the one hand the scheme responds to the parents' desires, but on the other, produces some questionable consequences. The authors highlight conditions in which cash-for-childcare schemes would not reflect any anachronism but instead will function as a useful tool of contemporary social policy. This unique book provides a broad theoretical and empirical view on cash for childcare. It will prove invaluable for academics of social work and policy. Politicians, social policy administrators and labour market researchers interested in family issues will also find this important resource an enriching read.

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  • Contents: 1. Introduction Jorma Sipila, Katja Repo and Tapio Rissanen 2. Cash vs Care: A Child and Family Policy Issue Sheila B. Kamerman and Shirley Gatenio Gabel 3. Cash for Childcare: Unnecessary Traditionalism or a Contemporary Necessity? Jorma Sipila, Katja Repo, Tapio Rissanen and Niina Viitasalo 4. Finnish Child Home Care Allowance - Users' Perspective and Perceptions Katja Repo 5. Cash for Childcare Schemes in Sweden: History, Political Contradictions and Recent Development Anita Nyberg 6. Cash for Care in Norway: Take-up, Impacts and Consequences for Mothers Marit RA nsen and Ragni Hege KitterA d 7. Rationalities of Cash for Childcare: The Nordic Case Minna Rantalaiho 8. The Paradox of Cash for Childcare: Are There Ways to Solve the Dilemma? Katja Repo, Jorma Sipila, Tapio Rissanen and Niina Viitasalo

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書名 Cash for childcare : the consequences for caring mothers
著作者等 Sipilä, Jorma
Rissanen Tapio
Sipila Jorma
Repo Katja
出版元 Edward Elgar
刊行年月 c2010
ページ数 ix, 168 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9781849804233
NCID BB04744601
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス