Welfare and work-life balance policies: the case of Emilia-Romagna

Author/s Roberto Rizza, Mila Sansavini
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/119
Language Italian Pages 19 P. 78-96 File size 333 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2010-119005
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This article examines work-life balance policies in the Region Emilia-Romagna, referring to a particular theoretical approach, that of the total social organi- zation of work, that deepens the relationship between the spheres of production and of social reproduction, of paid and unpaid work. In the regional model considered, although public policies addressed to equal opportunities between men and women are quite developed, cultural frames that consider care activities and unpaid work as a female issue are yet still persistent. Women are much more engaged then men in unpaid work, in non-standard contracts and in part-time work. For this reason, we need a new conciliation model, not gendered, and a redefinition of the boundaries between public and private spheres, of paid and unpaid work.

Keywords: Work-life balance policies, work, gender, care activities, local welfare, Emilia-Romagna

Roberto Rizza, Mila Sansavini, Welfare e politiche di conciliazione: il caso dell’Emilia-Romagna in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 119/2010, pp 78-96, DOI: 10.3280/SL2010-119005