Leon, M. (2007) Speeding up or holding back? Institutional factors in the development of childcare provision in Spain. European Societies, 9 (3). pp. 315-337. ISSN 1461-6696 .
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This paper looks at childcare provision in Spain from the perspective of policies for the reconciliation of work and family life. The goal is to understand how social care - and childcare in particular - has been placed within the different policy domains of the welfare state, and how this condition affects its opportunities for policy development and innovation. As a point of reference, the study takes into consideration the recent EU benchmark regarding childcare provision in the context of the European Employment Strategy. The investigation looks at the impact of the institutional configuration of the welfare system and the labour market on the development of childcare provision and policies for the reconciliation of work and family. The paper suggests that, given a strong policy legacy in family policy and social services, childcare provision is expanding under the decentralized education system although it has not been articulated in terms of policies for the reconciliation of work and family life, which impacts on female employment. Legislative changes improving the conditions of female employees who give birth have recently been introduced in labour law, although the structure of the labour market and practices in employment relations pose obstacles to their effective implementation.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||childcare; Spain; welfare state; work/life balance; gender; policy change|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy|
|Depositing User:||Anna Thomas|
|Date Deposited:||18 Mar 2008 10:00|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:06|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2236 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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