English title: The agency gap: policies, norms, and working time capabilities across welfare states

Author(s): Susanne Fahlén -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013

Abstract

This chapter confronts the agency capabilities gap from two perspectives (1) Comparing policies aimed at promoting worklife balance, their implementation and outcomes, with gendered norms regarding work and care. The chapter uses county level data and survey data across eleven European countries and Japan. The chapter uses county level data and survey data across eleven European countries and Japan. (2) the chapter examines the agency gap in attitudes regarding worklife balance priorities and working time capabilities (Lee and McCann 2006), which is operationalized as the differences between actual work hours in paid work and how many hours one would choose to work if it meant a loss or gain in pay. This analysis shows a complex relationship between work aspiration and practices which can be linked to national differences in worklife balance policies and gender norms.

From page no: 35

To page no: 56

Anthology: Worklife Balance: The Agency and Capabilities Gap