This article examines the level of support for the integration of paid work and personal life (work-life balance [WLB] support) in public sector organizations in Europe. Data of the Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance 2004-2005 (ESWT) is used to analyze the supportiveness of public sector organizations within and between countries. So far, little attention has been paid to variation within the public sector and whether and to what degree this is related to institutional and economic drivers. The results suggest that institutional pressure is the most important driver for public sector organizations to offer WLB support to their employees: State support in a country has a positive relationship with WLB support in public organizations, in particular for public administration organizations. Little evidence for the relevance of economic drivers was found despite the introduction of new public management (NPM)-style reforms in the public sector.

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den Dulk, L, & Groeneveld, S.M. (2013). Work-Life Balance Support in the Public Sector in Europe. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 33(4), 384–405. doi:10.1177/0734371X12449024