International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy: Volume 40 Issue 5/6


Table of contents - Special Issue: Assessing and measuring the impacts of parental leave policies: intersectionality, policy entanglements, and conceptual and methodological complexities

Guest Editors: Andrea Doucet, Ivana Dobrotić, Linda Haas, Lindsey McKay

Leave policies in Europe: current policies, future directions

Peter Moss, Fred Deven

The purpose of this paper is to review the development of leave policies in Europe, both at a regional and national level, and to consider what future directions such policies…

Fathering, parental leave, impacts, and gender equality: what/how are we measuring?

Andrea Doucet, Lindsey McKay

This research article explores several questions about assessing the impacts of fathers' parental leave take up and gender equality. We ask: How does the conceptual and contextual…


Designing parental leave for fathers – promoting gender equality in working life

Elin Kvande, Berit Brandth

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the Norwegian parental leave policy for fathers, the father’s quota, which has reached a mature age of 26 years, asking how gender equality…

How long is a parental leave and for whom? An analysis of methodological and policy dimensions of leave length and division in Sweden

Ann-Zofie Duvander, Ida Viklund

Parental leave in Sweden can be taken both as paid and unpaid leave and often parents mix these forms in a very flexible way. Therefore, multiple methodological issues arise…


Gender equality and parenting-related leaves in 21 former socialist countries

Ivana Dobrotić, Nada Stropnik

This article explores the patterns and dynamics of parenting-related leave policy reforms in the European former socialist countries (EFSCs). It sheds light on the development…

Leave policies and social inequality in Brazil

Bila Sorj, Alexandre Fraga

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between leave policies and social inequalities. It seeks to analyze the historical course of maternity and paternity leave…

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