Anne Lise Ellingsæter: Conflicting Policy Feedback: Enduring Tensions over Father Quotas in Norway

In Social Politics, 2020

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Anne Lise Ellingsæter


This study aims to advance the understanding of drivers of fathers’ parental leave rights—a new political field and a main area of leave policy debate. Theoretically informed by the policy feedback literature, this case study of father quota policy in Norway demonstrates how conflicting political feedback processes over a quarter of a century, reflected in reforms by shifting government coalitions, have sustained tensions over the policy. The polarized public debate following an extension in the father quota in 2018 suggests that countermobilization via social media may play a new role in magnifying conflict and destabilizing post-reform processes.


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