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Promoting Gender Equality, Birthrates, Or Human Capital? Germany, Japan And Family Policy Discourse

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This chapter first reviews the current international literature on family policies, discerning four prominent lines of argument in favour of family policy expansion. It examines related socio-economic trends in Germany and Japan and sketch out the 'family policy legacies' of these nations since the 1970s. The chapter then analyses family policy debates in both countries in the 2000s. It gauge the critical similarities and differences of German and Japanese family policy discourses and briefly considers implications for further research. The chapter addresses the broad puzzle of why and how employment-related family policies are being enacted in staunch male-breadwinner countries such as Germany and Japan.

Keywords: family policy discourse; Germany; Japan; socio-economic trends



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