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Women’s Choices in Europe: Striking the Work-life Balance

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Hantrais, Linda; Ackers, Peter

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Abstract The article presents evidence from interviews in France, Spain and Poland to explore how individual actors make choices about their work-life balance. It shows that choice is a complex, contingent, and relative concept, which is both facilitated and obstructed by public policies and working regulations. Despite differences in national and sub-national policy contexts, institutional and cultural norms and expectations, the article draws the conclusion that family-friendly issues need to be mainstreamed and that the concerns of families should be added to those of the state, trade unions and employers on the agenda for negotiating work-life balance. It is also argued that the focus and scope of industrial relations need to be rethought to take account of the gendered nature of employment relationships.
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 197-212
Journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, 11 (2005) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959680105053963
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)