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“How can we explain the differences in work-family policies in the different welfare states?”
Morgan’s approach is policy centered. Her point of departure is gendered policies. In this book Kimberly Morgan with a historical comparative approach tries to explain how “both religious practice and religious conflict are key in the formation of the welfare state”. Her explanatory framework emphasizes the interplay among religion as a political force, gender and familial ideologies, the constellation of political parties and the nature of partisan competition, women’s movements, policy legacies, and social structural changes (nota Diane Salinsbury). As stressed out in the introduction: “this book examines and explain patterns of work-family policies in Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the United States, giving particular attention to child care policy but also looking at parental leave and flexible work-time arrangements. The analysis focuses on how religion has influenced on this dimension of the welfare state. Although much research emphasized the role of left parties and powerful uni…
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