English title: New Social Risks and Work-Family Balance

Author(s): Anders Ejrnæs - Thomas P. Boje -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013


The aim of this chapter is to examine how different welfare policy regimes have influence on the social risks which individuals are confronted in managing and reconciling the relationship between work and family life. The influx of women into the labour market, the decline of the male breadwinner family and changing gender norms has created new social risks for both men and women. As a consequence of the emergence of double-earner households, at least part of the unpaid care work that used to be performed in the family by the housewife now needs to be externalised either to the state or to the market. However, women and men with inadequate access to adequately paid leave or care facilities are facing a risk of being forced to either exiting the labour market or reducing their time in paid work because of care responsibilities. This chapter examines how institutional as well as individual dimensions determine the risk of spending more time than wanted outside paid work because of care responsibilities. This chapter uses comparative data from the fourth round of the European Social Survey carried out in 2008.

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Anthology: Family well-being European perspectives

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