Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Drawing on comparative research from five countries, What Works in Improving Gender Equality provides an accessible analysis of what gender equality means and how we can achieve it by adapting best practices in care policies from other countries.
Realistic policy solutions are reached by examining the contexts in which childcare and longterm care policies are developed, and what difficulties might need to be overcome in applying the lessons from different international models.
“This book is unique as it is based on international comparative research and it builds an innovative framework for the analysis of gender equality outcomes of childcare and long-term care policies.” Teppo Kröger, University of Jyväskylä
‘An important contribution to the evidence base on how to improve gender equality in childcare and long-term care. It carefully takes the reader through reform options and assesses which are most applicable in the UK. A useful resource for those looking to shift policy on care towards more a gender equal approach.’ Catherine Needham, University of Birmingham
"With a comparison of the best childcare and long-term care policies across countries, this book constitutes an excellent guide to face gender inequality and to promote a caring society, some of the biggest challenges of the near future." Claude Martin, Université de Rennes
Kirstein Rumery is a professor of social policy at the University of Stirling, a senior fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change, and co-director of the Centre on Gender and Feminist Studies.
Craig McAngus is a research fellow at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change.
Alcuin Edwards has worked for over 25 years as a policy officer and advisor to the UK government on health policy and children’s policy.
1. Why Does Gender Equality and Care Policy Matter?
2. Making Care Policy in the UK: Understanding the Role of Gender Equality
3. Applying the Nordic model: What Works in Sweden, Denmark and Iceland?
4. Applying the Market and Family Model: What Works in Germany and the Netherlands?
5. Developing Policy in a Context of Devolution: The Role of the Third Sector and Activists
6. Implementing Policy: What Could Work in the UK and the Devolved Administrations?
7. Conclusions and Policy Recommendation