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A brief supplemental text for upper level undergraduate courses in comparative political economy, comparative public policy, and American political economy. The book's six chapters look in detail at the political economies of the U.S., Sweden and Germany, exploring the fundamental differences between their handling of health policy, pensions, family policy, corporate governance and fiance, and labor markets. The book's many rich and well rendered examples of the three countries' various policies helps students push past abstractions and understand what it is actually like to live under different capitalist systems.

Family Policy
Family policy

AGINGIMPOSESPHYSICALLIMITSONTHEAMOUNTOF work that we can do and on our ability to support ourselves in the labor market. So do pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing. It is a physical fact of life that in the later stages of pregnancy women are often unable to do physical work and it is a fact that young children require the care of adults in order to grow and thrive. Up until the middle of the twentieth century, the inability of pregnant women and the mothers of young children to work was taken care of by the traditional division of labor within the family. Men were employed in the labor market, earning cash income; women worked at home, maintaining households and caring for children (and often ...

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