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The gender dimension of social changeThe contribution of dynamic research to the study of women's life courses$
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Elisabetta Ruspini and Angela Dale

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343321

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343321.001.0001

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The financial consequences of relationship dissolution for women in Western Europe1

The financial consequences of relationship dissolution for women in Western Europe1

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(p.81) Five The financial consequences of relationship dissolution for women in Western Europe1
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The gender dimension of social change
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Caroline Dewilde

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343321.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the financial consequences of relationship dissolution on women. It links cross-national variations to the types of welfare regimes in the countries of Europe by using data from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). The chapter begins by providing a review of the literature on the financial consequences of family breakdown, with particular focus on women's vulnerability to partnership dissolution. Next, the chapter links the financial consequences of relationship dissolution to the source of economic independence that are available to women such as access to labour market and availability of welfare transfers. The chapter then tests the validity of four ‘worlds’ of welfare by adding some additional indicators referring to the sources of economic independence available to women who are in the midst of relationship dissolution. The chapter then provides an actual analysis, focusing on five countries: Denmark, UK, Belgium, Germany and Italy. These countries are chosen based on their different positions on welfare regime typology. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the results.

Keywords:   financial consequences, relationship dissolution, women, economic independence, labour market, welfare transfers, Europe

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