Annual Seminar 2021

18th International LP & R Seminar: The Politics of Parental Leave Policies

16-17th September 2021


Programme and Presentations 2021

Thursday 16/09/2021 

09:30-09:45   Welcome and opening words of the Finnish team

SESSION 1 - Parental leave policies in Finland

9:45–10:20    The Politics of Parental leave policies in Finland (Anna Elomäki, Tampere University)

10:20–10:40  The Parental leave Reform 2021: what is new (Minna Salmi, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL)

10:40–11:15  Comments by Central labour market organisations: Lotta Savinko (Akava - Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland), Katja Miettinen (EK – Confederation of Finnish Industries)

11:15–11:30  Trends in the take-up of leave in Finland: Slow progress in fathers’ leave take-up despite several reforms (Anneli Miettinen, The Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela)

11:30–11:45  Can fathers’ leave take-up dismantle gendered child care responsibilities? (Johanna Närvi & Johanna Lammi-Taskula, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL & Petteri Eerola, University of Jyväskylä)

11:45–12:00  Discussion

12:00-12:45        Break

SESSION 2 - The politics of parental leave policies in different countries – I

12:45–13:15  Revision of the paid parental leave system in Iceland: Towards individualization despite  broken consensus (Ásdís Aðalbjörg Arnalds, Guðný Björk Eydal and Ingólfur V. Gíslason, Iceland)

13:15 – 13:45 Same challenges, different solutions: how to explain the variations in leave policy development in Croatia and Serbia (Ivana Drobrotic, Croatia)

13:45 – 14:15 The path to equal rights to leave provisions for fathers and mothers in Spain (Gerardo Meil and Anna Escobedo, Spain)

14:15 – 14:45 Social Inclusion or Gender Equality? Political Discourses on Parental Leave in Finland and Sweden (Ann-Zofie Duvander, Sweden)

14:45-15:15        Break

SESSION 3 - Policy reforms and their effect on fathers’ leave take-up

15:15 – 15:45 To Leave or Not to Leave: Gender as Multi-level Constraint on Fathers’ Leave Uptake in Slovakia (Zuzana Dancikova, Slovakia)

15:45 – 16:15 Assessing policy changes in Austria: more fathers, more gender equality? (Eva-Maria Schmidt and Christiane Rille-Pfeiffer, Austria)

16:15 – 16:45 Paternity and Parental Leave and Father's Involvement in Lithuania (Ruta Braziene, Lithuania)

16:45 – 17:15 Puzzles and paradoxes in father’s use of parental benefits in Québec (Sophie Mathieu, Andrea Doucet and Lindsey McKay, Québec)


Friday 17/09/2021

SESSION 4 - The politics of parental leave policies in different countries – II

09:00 – 09:30 How gender equality was conceptualized in the PPL policies in New Zealand and Norway (Suzy Morrissey, New Zealand)

09:30 – 10:00 The politics of parental leave in Australia: assessing the role of the union movement in driving innovation (Gillian Whitehouse and Marian Baird, Australia)

10:00 – 10:30 Politics of Parental Leave Policies in Japan: Ideals and Realities in the reform to promote fathers’ take-up (Hideki Nakazato, Japan)

10:30 – 11:00 Regulations in practice: the law on parental leaves, public childcare and parental opinions in Bulgaria (Kalina Ilieva, Elitsa Dimitrova and Tatyana Kotzeva, Bulgaria)

11:00-11:15        Break

11:15–12:15 Network business chaired by the new coordination team

12:15-13:00        Break

SESSION 5 - Dividing parental leaves: causes and consequences?

13:00 – 13:30 Paid parental leave preferences of women and men in Lithuania (Sonata Vysniauskiene, Lithuania)

13:30 – 14:00 Fathers’ uptake of leave and couple-level intentions for continued childbearing in South Korea (Youngcho Lee, UK)

14:00 – 14:30 Mothers and fathers, how do they care together? (Marie Valentova & A-S Genevois, Luxembourg)

14:30 – 15:00 Parental leave as a period of intense parental labour in Russia (Anna Bagirova and Natalia Blednova, Russia)

15:00-15:15        Break

SESSION 6 - Emerging inequalities & new approaches

15:15 – 15:45 Parental leave policy design and inequalities in the life course (Thordis Reimer, Germany)

15:45 – 16:15 Satisfying the needs of working parents in autonomous sources of labor law (Barbara Godlewska-Bujok, Poland)

16:15 – 16:45 Pandemic childcare-policy responses in 28 European countries: A fuzzy-set ideal type analysis (Sonja Blum, Germany & Ivana Drobrotic, Croatia)

16:45 – 17:15 Research from three studies conducted at various stages since the introduction of the quota (Elin Kvande & Berit Brandth, Norway)