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Between Two Worlds of Father PoliticsUSA or Sweden?$
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Michael Rush

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091896

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091896.001.0001

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Fatherhood and the European Union

Fatherhood and the European Union

(p.88) 6 Fatherhood and the European Union
Between Two Worlds of Father Politics

Michael Rush

Manchester University Press

Chapter Six highlights the importance of social dialogue to the social politics of fatherhood in the European Union and the importance of scholarly involvement on bodies such as the European Observatory on National Family Policies, the Confederation of Family Organisations of the European Union, the European Commission Childcare Network, the Network on Leave and Policy Research, the European Union Network of Experts on Family Policy and the European Parliament Quality of Childhood Group. Chapter Six illustrates that the Swedish model was influential on the European Union parental leave directives and on the move in 2009 towards individualization and non-transferability of leave for fathers. Chapter six also illustrates that the EU is a site for contested debates concerning child support and broader issues of political economy, family policy, intersectionality and varieties of capitalism.

Keywords:   Parental leave, non-transferability, social dialogue, the European social model, individualisation, shared parenting

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