Handbook of Family Policy
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Handbook of Family Policy

Edited by Guðný B. Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

The Handbook of Family Policy examines how state and workplace policies support parents and their children in developing, earning and caring. With original contributions from 44 leading scholars, this Handbook provides readers with up-to-date knowledge on family policies and family policy research, taking stock of current literature as well as providing analyses of present-day policies, and where they should head in the future.
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Chapter 10: Leave policies for parents in a cross-national perspective: various paths along the same course?

Olivier Thévenon


The chapter by Thévenon presents leave policies for parents in a cross-national perspective. The author provides an overview of the main differences regarding key characteristics of leave entitlements and shows that the convergence across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries remains rather limited in this regard in spite of extension of rights to leave almost everywhere. However, a growing number of countries seek to provide more flexibility to users to better meet families' constraints and to limit the adverse consequences that a prolonged interruption of work may have on career progression, and many countries grant fathers with specific entitlements to foster a more gender equal use of leave days. These individualized rights often remain limited but they nudge fathers to bond with their children from the early months after a childbirth.

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