Policy pathways to gender power: State-level effects on the US division of housework

Cooke L.P. (2007) Policy pathways to gender power: State-level effects on the US division of housework. Journal of Social Policy, 36 2: 239-260. doi:10.1017/S0047279406000584


Author Cooke L.P.
Title Policy pathways to gender power: State-level effects on the US division of housework
Journal name Journal of Social Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2794
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0047279406000584
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 239
End page 260
Total pages 22
Subject 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
3321 Public Administration
Abstract Across industrialised countries, men contribute one-third of the household time in domestic tasks despite women's rising labour force participation. Like a Russian doll, however, the private sphere of the household nests within broader socio-political institutions. Proposed here is a relative gender power model incorporating both individual and policy-derived resources to explain differences in the division of household tasks. The sensitivity of the model to state-level policy differences is tested using data from the second wave of the US National Survey of Families and Households. After controlling for women's individual resources, laws and policies enhancing women's economic circumstances in the event of a divorce such as receipt of transfers, child support and property settlement predict that men in couples perform a greater share of domestic tasks. This evidence confirms that the state can ameliorate gender hierarchies and inequality.
Q-Index Code C1
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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