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Title: THE POLITICS OF CHILD DAYCARE IN BRITAIN
By: Vicky Randall
Format: Hardback

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ISBN 10: 0198280483
ISBN 13: 9780198280484
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Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pub. date: 2 November, 2000
Pages: 232
Description: Arguing that daycare is vital for gender equality, this book seeks to explain why provision, especially public provision, has been so meagre in Britain. Adopting a predominantly institutional approach, it shows how the liberal tradition of limited state intervention has intersected with the private, family, as well as the potentially redistributive, character of childcare issues. It also highlights the gendered assumptions of policy-makers, the centralization ofgovernmental process, the weakness of the childcare lobby, and of feminist mobilization on childcare and simple contingencies of timing. This policy legacy will severely constrain new Labour's commitment to 'meet the childcare challenge'.
Synopsis: Child daycare is a crucial issue for gender equality. In Britain its provision, and especially publicly provided or subsidised daycare, has been meagre in comparison with a range of European States. In seeking to explain childcare policy in post-war Britain to the present, this study focuses primarily on the institutional context. It shows how the liberal state tradition, limiting intervention in the private family, and market spheres has intersected with an issue that impinges on family responsibilities and, arguably, requires public resources for its effective resolution. The book also argues that liberalism - in practice an eminently flexible approach - cannot on its own explain policy. Account must be taken of the gender assumptions of policy-makers and their principal advisers, including in the past trade unions; of the centralization of the British governmental process; of the weakness and fragmentation of the childcare lobby, including the less than wholehearted involvement of the women's movement; and of the sheer contingencies of timing.
Publication: UK
Imprint: Oxford University Press
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