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Gender Regimes
Feminists argue that social policy reinforces the patriarchal family.
Drew uses the concept of `gender regimes' to describe how social policies in different
countries can either encourage or discourage gender equality.
She identifies 2 different types of family policies.…read more

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Familistic Gender Regimes
These base their policies on the assumption that the husband works to support the family
while the wife is responsible for domestic work and childcare.…read more

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Individualistic Gender Regimes
These base their policies on the belief that husbands and wives should be treated equally.
Wives are not assumed to be financially dependent on their husbands.
Each partner has an equal entitlement to state benefits.
Drew argues that most EU countries are moving towards individualistic gender regimes.…read more

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Individualistic Gender Regimes cont.
Policies such as publically funded childcare are not cheap.
They involve major conflicts about who should benefit from social policies and who should
pay for them.
It would be naïve to assume that there is an inevitable `march of progress' view towards
gender equality.
Nevertheless, the differences between European countries show that social policies play
an important role in promoting or preventing gender equality within the family.…read more


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