Bread or roses? : trade unions, female employment and the expansion of work-family policies
Journal of European public policy, 2023, OnlineFirst
CIGNA, Luca Michele, Bread or roses? : trade unions, female employment and the expansion of work-family policies, Journal of European public policy, 2023, OnlineFirst - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75548
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In the Fordist era, trade unions promoted welfare state expansion and coverage against risks for the broader workforce. With the shift to the post-industrial economy, however, new economic groups have been left without representation. This is particularly evident for women: despite a rapid increase in female employment since the 1980s, unions’ membership base remains anchored in the male, old and industrial working class. Without the crucial pressure of labour, welfare systems have failed to enhance the reconciliation of work and family life. Under which conditions do unions support the expansion of work-family policies? Marshalling evidence from 20 OECD countries in the 1980–2010 period, this paper investigates the role of political actors in family policy reform. Findings suggest that unions promote the expansion of work-family packages when they are gender-inclusive and have institutional access to policy-making.
Published online: 06 March 2023
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75548
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2023.2184414
ISSN: 1466-4429; 1350-1763
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