“I have a newborn at home” - Multi-actor attributions and the implementation of Shared Parental Leave

Sara Chaudhry, Ishbel McWha-Hermann , Sarah-Sophie Flemig, Arleta Blackley-Wiertelak

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Abstract

This article studies the organisational implementation of public policy, specifically Shared Parental Leave (SPL) legislation (2015), through the lens of attribution theory (that is, actors’ inferences for why policies are implemented by their employing organisation), drawing on 26 in-depth interviews with a range of actors in a British university. Our findings highlight that attributions vary between different organisational actors despite SPL being an externally-mandated, unavoidable policy. Our key contributions are to study attributions associated with under-considered external policy, highlight the unintended intra-organisational variations in these attributions, and explore how the co-existence of varying actor attributions impacts policy implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalWork, Employment And Society
VolumeN/A
Early online date22 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • public policy implementation
  • legislation
  • parental leave
  • attributions
  • fathers

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