Do recent family policy reforms reinforce a two-tier society?
For decades, Sweden's innovations in family policy have inspired other countries in Europe to follow its lead. The Swedish approach, dubbed the "earner-carer model", has focused on getting men and women to share work and family responsibilities, facilitating the combination of relatively high levels of female employment and childbearing with low child poverty rates. Now recent reforms are changing the playing field. A scientific article by Tommy Ferrarini and Ann-Zofie Duvander argues that the reforms are likely to increase polarization in Swedish society. [...]