chapter  5
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Family policy and mothers’ employment: cross-national variations

The publication of Esping-Andersen’s The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism (1990) gave birth to an extensive critical literature. Some critics focused on Esping-Andersen’s core theoretical contribution – his overall framework for conceptualizing welfare state variation – while others questioned the empirical results, either the resultant typology, or the classification of particular countries, or both. The strand in this critical literature that has been the most sustained concentrates on Esping-Andersen’s inadequate treatment of gender – and, by extension, the lack of attention paid to family policy.