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European parents’ attitudes towards public childcare provision. The role of current provisions, interests and ideologies

Chung, Heejung, Meuleman, B. (2016) European parents’ attitudes towards public childcare provision. The role of current provisions, interests and ideologies. European Societies, 19 (1). pp. 49-68. ISSN 1461-6696. E-ISSN 1469-8307. (doi:10.1080/14616696.2016.1235218)

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Abstract

Despite the large volume of literature on childcare provision across countries, individuals’ attitudes and preferences concerning the role of government in the provision of childcare remain largely unexplored. This study examines how current policy provision structures influence the degree to which parents in European countries support public provision of childcare. Current provision is measured here through objective and subjective indicators, both at the individual and national levels. The relative importance of current provision structures on support for public childcare is then compared with other welfare attitude determinants; i.e., self-interest and political attitudes. This is done using data from 22 European countries in 2008/9 and a multilevel modelling technique. Results show that in general parents across Europe are largely supportive of public childcare provision. Furthermore, current provision structures, and people’s assessment of it, are consistently related to parents’ support for public childcare. Current provisions are salient factor explaining variance in childcare support (both at the individual and national level) over and beyond the most commonly used frameworks, namely self-interest and ideologies. The results of this study provide evidence for a vicious and virtuous cycle in the relationship between policy provision and support, where investment in policies may drive up support while rolling back of policies may further decrease support.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14616696.2016.1235218
Uncontrolled keywords: childcare, welfare attitudes, cross-national research, policy provision structure
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 12:55 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57309 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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