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Transforming Gender and Family Relations

How Active Labour Market Policies Shaped the Dual Earner Model

Åsa Lundqvist

This book is about how the activation of women into paid work was accomplished. It looks at the ideational grounds and the concrete measures that created the conditions for increasing the employment ratio of women, and thus also a farewell to male breadwinning.
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Chapter 2: The politics of paid work

How Active Labour Market Policies Shaped the Dual Earner Model

Åsa Lundqvist

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Together with the development of the social and family policy field, the full employment policy including the introduction of an active labour market policy is one of the strongest expressions of Swedish post-war development. In turn, the activation of the labour force, including housewives, was one of the most important components of the active labour market policy. This chapter seeks to outline the labour market policy context in which the activation of women emerged. To explain the underlying ambitions, the ideological framework and the institutional conditions, this chapter focuses on the development and consolidation of early active labour market policies as expressed through the Rehn–Meidner model. The chapter showcases the historical development of active labour market policy ideas and goals as well as the establishment and growing importance of the National Labour Market Board (AMS), including the Public Employment Service.

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