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Protecting soldiers, not mothers: soldiers' income compensation in Switzerland during World War II


Leimgruber, Matthieu (2010). Protecting soldiers, not mothers: soldiers' income compensation in Switzerland during World War II. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, 17(1):53-79.

Abstract

This article analyzes the role of soldiers' income compensation in the development of Swiss social policy. Introduced in 1940, compensation for wage losses incurred during militia duties (Erwerbersatzordnung, EO) became the forerunner of old age pensions, the cornerstone of the postwar welfare state. Yet, by entrenching links between citizenship, military service, and social rights, the EO also contributed to delaying programs such as family protection measures and maternity benefits. Besides underscoring the EO impact on the gendering of social policy, this article explores how this program was shaped by public–private partnerships and business interests.

Abstract

This article analyzes the role of soldiers' income compensation in the development of Swiss social policy. Introduced in 1940, compensation for wage losses incurred during militia duties (Erwerbersatzordnung, EO) became the forerunner of old age pensions, the cornerstone of the postwar welfare state. Yet, by entrenching links between citizenship, military service, and social rights, the EO also contributed to delaying programs such as family protection measures and maternity benefits. Besides underscoring the EO impact on the gendering of social policy, this article explores how this program was shaped by public–private partnerships and business interests.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:11 Nov 2015 17:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:32
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1072-4745
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxp024
Official URL:http://sp.oxfordjournals.org/search?tmonth=&pubdate_year=2010&submit=yes&submit=Search&submit=yes&andorexacttitle=and&format=standard&firstpage=&fmonth=&title=&tyear=&hits=10&titleabstract=&flag=&volume=17&sortspec=relevance&andorexacttitleabs=and&author2

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