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Prof. Tine Rostgaard

Professor in Older People and Citizenship

Professor Rostgaard's research contributions have mainly been to the field of social care policies for children and older people


Tine Rostgaard is Professor in Older people and Citizenship, at the Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Denmark.Her research contributions have mainly been to the field of social care policies for children and older people, and she has a special interest in understanding care practice and the implication for quality of care.Prof Rostgaard has amongst other conducted research in social care related quality of life for the two recent Danish commissions into old age care. She serves as the President of the Danish Society of Gerontology (DGS) and also as the editor of the book series Elderly and Society.She has amongst other co-edited the book ‘Care Between Work and Welfare in European Societies’, Palgrave, 2011, and co-authored the book ‘Care Regimes in Transitional European Societies’, Palgrave, 2014.


Trends in parental leave in the Nordic countries: has the forward march of gender equality halted?
Community, Work & Family

2015The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the development of parental leave in the Nordic countries in the last decade or so and explain the different approaches taken by individual countries in this regard. Focusing on recent developments, though mainly on the provision of a father's quota, we discuss whether we are actually witnessing a paradigm shift in some of these countries, i.e. a movement away from an emphasis on the dual earner/dual carer model and a reverting back to a more traditional family model approach where the mother is seen as the main parent. This change is commonly presented under the guise of it respecting the ‘free choice’ of individual families. Furthermore, the article asks why the changes in question have taken place and examines the positions of different political parties towards the issue. The article shows that the Nordic countries are developing somewhat different policies and the intra-Nordic gap in both policies and politics seems to be increasing rather than narrowing...

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Family policies in Scandinavia
Aalborg University

2014This article explores family policy as an important component of welfare state policies within the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norwayand Sweden. These countries are known for their extensive support for families with children through policies aiming to reconcile work and family life, to share paid and unpaid work more equally between men and women, and to provide solutions that reflect the interest of the child. Finally, family policies help to re-distribute economic resources and in this way alleviate child poverty...

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Guest editorial: Shifting boundaries of elder care: changing roles and responsibilities
European Journal of Ageing

2012This thematic section of the European Journal of Ageing addresses care for older people in a number of European countries, in regards to the consequences that shifting boundaries of responsibility for financing, organising and providing care have had for older persons as care recipients and for informal and formal care workers...

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Quality reforms in Danish home care – balancing between standardisation and individualisation
Health & social care in the community

2012Despite relatively generous coverage of the over-65 population, Danish home help services receive regular criticism in the media and public opinion polls. Perhaps as a consequence, reforms of Danish home care policy for senior citizens have placed a strong emphasis on quality since the 1990s. This reform strategy represents a shift from the welfare state modernisation programme of the 1980s, which built mainly on economic strategies of cost-efficiency and New Public Management principles, including contract management and performance management. Recent reforms have instead attempted to increase the overall quality of care by increasing the transparency at the political, administrative and user levels. However, reforms have revolved around the conflicting principles of standardisation and the individualisation of care provision. This approach has succeeded in increasing the political and administrative control over home help at the expense of the control by users, care workers and case managers...

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Fathers' rights to paid parental leave in the Nordic countries: consequences for the gendered division of leave
Community, Work & Family

2011European Union policy encourages men and women to share parental leave to balance work and family life and promote gender equality in the labor market. A new directive extends parental leave to four months and introduces a quota, so one month is reserved for each parent. This article explores to what extent government-provided, paid parental leave and quotas for fathers could bring about equality in the division of leave between men and women by focusing on the pioneers in the field, the Nordic countries – the first nations to offer fathers parental leave and introduce quotas. First, we describe the extent to which parental leave policies have been established and implemented in a way that is likely to promote equal sharing of leave. Next, we evaluate the impact of particular configurations of gender equality incentives in present parental leave policies for the actual division of leave time between men and women. Findings contribute to the conceptual as well as empirical understanding of whether fathers' rights and use of parental leave can help bring about an egalitarian division of leave between mothers and fathers, often thought to be the foundation for gender equality...

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Area of Expertise

Care Practice

Quality of Care

Social Care Policy

Social Science

Welfare Policies


Public Policy

Social Services


Writing and Editing


University of Southern Denmark : Social Policy

Bath University : Social Policy

Roskilde University : Public Administration

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