Originally published in 1988, this book compiles a collection of works investigating the impact of recession on women's employment. The authors argue that the most important explanation of differences in women's experience between the countries is the form of labour market regulation and organisation. They point out that current changes in these forms of regulation, and not displacement of female labour, pose the main threat to any gains that women have made in the labour market in the post- World War II period.
Part One Women' Employment 1. Women's employment in restructuring America: the changing experience of women in three recessions 2. Female labour reserves and the restructuring of employment in booms and slumps in France 3. Sex-typing of occupations, the cycle and restructuring in Italy 4. Women's employment in declining Britain Part Two Women, the state and the family 5. Women, the state and the family in the US: Reaganomics and the experience of women 6. Women, the state and the family in France: contradictions of state policy for women's employment 7. Women, the state and the family in Italy: problems of female participation in historical perspective 8. Women, the state and the family in Britain: Thatcher economics and the experience of women Part Three Women and Recession: A comparitive perspective 9. Women and Recession: a comparitive perspective