Drawing on comparative research from five countries, What works in improving gender equality provides an accessible analysis of what gender equality means and how we can achieve it by adapting best practices in care policies from other countries.
Realistic policy solutions are reached by examining the contexts in which childcare and longterm care policies are developed, and what difficulties might need to be overcome in applying the lessons from different international models.
Kirstein Rumery is a professor of social policy at the University of Stirling, a senior fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change, and co-director of the Centre on Gender and Feminist Studies, where she teaches gender and social policy, comparative social policy and disability and social policy at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Craig McAngus is a research fellow at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change, working currently on the Fairer Caring Nations and Women’s Participation in Political Life projects.
Alcuin Edwards has worked for over 25 years as a policy officer and advisor to the UK government on health policy and children’s policy, including liaising with the devolved administrations on disability policy. He also performs music and poetry and writes fiction under the name Quinn Agathoni.
1. Why does gender equality and care policy matter?
2. Making care policy in the UK: understanding the role of gender equality
3. Applying the Nordic model: what works in Sweden, Denmark and Iceland?
4. Applying the market and family model: what works in Germany and the Netherlands?
5. Developing policy in a context of devolution: the role of the third sector and activists
6. Implementing policy: what could work in the UK and the devolved administrations?
7. Conclusions and policy recommendation