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43 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 95 (2016)
Is What's Best for Dads Best for Families: Paternity Leave Policies and Equity across Forty-Four Nations

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     Is What's   Best   for Dads Best for Families?
         Paternity   Leave Policies and Equity
               Across   Forty-four Nations

                        KAIUE FELDMAN

                        BuAN  K.  GRAN

             Case  Western   Reserve  University



    In a global economy, paternity leave policies represent one of the
    most significant expansions of the welfare state that seek to help
    fathers respond to socio-economic pressures on their work and
    families. Policy makers who strongly promote socio-economic
    equity may respond to these global changes with new policy for-
    mulae meant to encourage involvement offathers in their families.
    Nevertheless, scholars have limited understanding of who ben-
    efits from paternity leave policies and what these benefits mean to
    families. The present study is a comparative analysis of paternity
    leave policies across forty-four countries. This paper first presents
    a typology of paternity leave policies. This typology consists of
    seven criteria that range from duration of benefits to amount of
    benefits to employment security. This typology is then applied to
    forty-four countries. The present study demonstrates that a sur-
    prisingly small number of countries are devoted to family equity.

    Key words: paternity leave, welfare state, family


    Who  benefits from  paternity leave policies? Globalization
has not only placed pressures on  governments  and  businesses,
families are responding   to changes  in workplaces  and  com-
munities. While  people  juggle multiple roles, such as parents
and  employees,  many   societies are struggling with unfavor-
able demographic   conditions. In response, some  governments
offer support so that parents can  spend  more  time with their
young  children. Governments have instituted a wide variety
of policies that differ in the ways that they emphasize financial
support, ability to balance career and family involvement, and
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, March 2016, Volume XLIll, Number 1
                              95

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