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Convergent care regimes?: Childcare arrangements in Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden
Wilfrid Laurier University.
University of Tampere.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
University of New South Wales.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 22, no 4, 419-431 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is about the transnational movement of policy discourses on childcare. It considers whether the spread of neoliberal ideas with their emphasis on marketisation, on the one hand, and a social investment discourse on the other, are leading to convergence in childcare arrangements in Nordic countries (Finland and Sweden) and liberal Anglo-Saxon countries (Australia and Canada). We find points of convergence around both themes at the level of policy discourse and continued diversity in the way these ideas are translated into actual policies. In other words, convergence is mediated by institutions and political realignments.

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2012. Vol. 22, no 4, 419-431 p.
Keyword [en]
childcare, neoliberalism, policy convergence, social investment
Keyword [sv]
barnomsorg, förskola, nyliberalism, policy konvergens, sociala investeringar
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Social Sciences
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-183260DOI: 10.1177/0958928712449776OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-183260DiVA: diva2:562200
Vem tar hand om barnen. En jämförande studie av samspelet mellan politik och kultur för beslutsfattande i familjen
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2012-10-23 Created: 2012-10-23 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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