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Guest editorial Assessing and measuring the impacts of parental leave policies: intersectionality, policy entanglements, and conceptual and methodological complexities This special issue focuses on the designs, implementations and impacts of parental leave policies and the conceptual and methodological complexities involved in assessing, measuring and theorizing those designs. Many countries are undergoing accelerated processes of neoliberalism and “financialized capitalism” (Fraser, 2016, p. 100), with social protections for workers weakening and precarious and nonstandard employment arrangements becoming increasingly common (e.g. Hewison, 2016; Vaughan-Whitehead, 2012). Consequently, there is an urgent need, now, at the beginning of a new decade, for wider, deeper and more nuanced thinking about how parental leave benefits help mitigate or acerbate social inequalities. Each article in this special issue expands the contemporary debate on parental leave and gendered power and inequalities by engaging with intersectional analyses and exploring the methodological complexities of assessing and measuring progressive social change. The issue also aims to reimagine work/care policies that could lead to more equitable and just social worlds. The interdisciplinary contributions in this special issue are based on papers that were presented at the 15th Annual Seminar of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research (LP&R), held in Toronto, Canada, in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0144-333X
DOI
10.1108/ijssp-01-2020-0016
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Abstract

Assessing and measuring the impacts of parental leave policies: intersectionality, policy entanglements, and conceptual and methodological complexities This special issue focuses on the designs, implementations and impacts of parental leave policies and the conceptual and methodological complexities involved in assessing, measuring and theorizing those designs. Many countries are undergoing accelerated processes of neoliberalism and “financialized capitalism” (Fraser, 2016, p. 100), with social protections for workers weakening and precarious and nonstandard employment arrangements becoming increasingly common (e.g. Hewison, 2016; Vaughan-Whitehead, 2012). Consequently, there is an urgent need, now, at the beginning of a new decade, for wider, deeper and more nuanced thinking about how parental leave benefits help mitigate or acerbate social inequalities. Each article in this special issue expands the contemporary debate on parental leave and gendered power and inequalities by engaging with intersectional analyses and exploring the methodological complexities of assessing and measuring progressive social change. The issue also aims to reimagine work/care policies that could lead to more equitable and just social worlds. The interdisciplinary contributions in this special issue are based on papers that were presented at the 15th Annual Seminar of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research (LP&R), held in Toronto, Canada, in

Journal

International Journal of Sociology and Social PolicyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 24, 2020

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