The Determinants of a Silent (R)evolution: Understanding the Expansion of Family Policy in Rich OECD Countries

The Determinants of a Silent (R)evolution: Understanding the Expansion of Family Policy in Rich OECD Countries

Emanuele Ferragina
Séminaire scientifique de l'OSC - 13 mars 2015
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Emanuele Ferragina (OSC/LIEPP) est l'invité du prochain séminaire scientifique de l'OSC, vendredi 13 mars de 09h30 à 11h en salle Annick Percheron, 98 rue de l'Université, Paris 7e.

The Determinants of a Silent (R)evolution: Understanding the Expansion of Family Policy in Rich OECD Countries

Cette séance est basée sur une récente publication de l'auteur, rédigée avec Martin Seeleib-Kaiser pour la revue Social Politics (Oxford University Press).

First, we use multiple correspondence analysis in order to assess the different directions and the degree of (employment-oriented) family policy change over the past three decades in 18 rich Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.
Second, we perform a series of correlations to identify the core drivers of these developments.

Our main findings, based on five international datasets are:

  • We have been witnesses of a significant expansion of family policies over the past three decades in almost all countries analysed, although the degree of change (distinguished by first, second and third order change) differs across the OECD area;
  • Whilst in the 1980s and 1990s social democracy and organised women were key drivers of family policy expansion, during the 2000s public opinion, that increasingly seems to support a “modernised” family lifestyle in which mothers are employed, seems to have played an essential role in explaining policy change.

 

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