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Gendered Welfare Regimes, Work–Family Patterns and Women’s Employment

In: Cliometrics of the Family


  • Anne Reimat

    (University of Reims)


The ways family members combine paid and unpaid work—work–family patterns—have evolved throughout history, in parallel with changes in gender relations and gender equality. However, cross-country variations in work–family patterns are still marked. This chapter analyses the evolution of employment patterns within the family after the Second World War from a gendered welfare regime perspective. Belonging to a given gendered welfare regime type has, in general, a strong explanative power in accounting for the design of work–family arrangements. Nevertheless, some countries are departing from what is expected, giving a more nuanced picture of the idea of a typical linear historical evolution, common to all industrialised countries, from a ‘male breadwinner family’ to a ‘dual full-time earner family’.

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  • Anne Reimat, 2019. "Gendered Welfare Regimes, Work–Family Patterns and Women’s Employment," Studies in Economic History, in: Claude Diebolt & Auke Rijpma & Sarah Carmichael & Selin Dilli & Charlotte Störmer (ed.), Cliometrics of the Family, chapter 0, pages 277-303, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:stechp:978-3-319-99480-2_12
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99480-2_12

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