Hushållstjänster: en studie av reformen och marknaden för skattesubventionerade hushållstjänster i Sverige
2009 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
To make domestic services like maids and nannies less expensive, thereby increasing the legal market for companies offering such services, tax deduction has been on the right-wing feminist/political agenda in Sweden for almost fifteen years. On the 1st of July 2007, after a successful lobby campaign, such a reform was implemented. This paper, based on interviews with actors involved in promoting the reform, describes how the law permitting tax deduction finally passed and how the market for domestic services developed the years before and after the reform. The protagonists’ arguments for the importance of tax deduction for the survival and expansion of the market are also described. Their main arguments were: a) that the tax deduction would encourage people to buy these services from legal companies instead of using illegal workers, b) that many unemployed could be offered a legal job in the sector, and c) that the equality between men and women in work life would increase when women got rid of some of their family responsibilities. Our analysis shows that by framing the question differently in different situations, the reform protagonists managed to avoid some of the conflicts regarding gender equality, working conditions, competence, immigration/ethnicity and social class inherent in their arguments. These value conflicts are outlined in the papers final section. By integrating sociological theories on intersectionality with theories on the organization of markets, we analyze the value conflicts and also discuss why the reform antagonists (left-wing politicians, feminists and parts of the trade unions) failed to organize their resistance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholms centrum för forskning om offentlig sektor , 2009. , 39 p.
, SCORE Rapportserie, ISSN 1404-5052 ; 2009:4
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65544OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-65544DiVA: diva2:396573