What Adult Worker Model?: A Critical Look at Recent Social Policy Reform in Europe from a Gender and Family Perspective

@article{Daly2011WhatAW,
  title={What Adult Worker Model?: A Critical Look at Recent Social Policy Reform in Europe from a Gender and Family Perspective},
  author={Mary Daly},
  journal={Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society},
  year={2011},
  volume={18},
  pages={1 - 23}
}
  • M. Daly
  • Published 20 March 2011
  • Economics
  • Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
Analyses regularly feature claims that European welfare states are in the process of creating an adult worker model. The theoretical and empirical basis of this argument is examined here by looking first at the conceptual foundations of the adult worker model formulation and then at the extent to which social policy reform in western Europe fits with the argument. It is suggested that the adult worker formulation is under-specified. A framework incorporating four dimensions—the treatment of… 

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