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Women and the European Labour Markets

Women and the European Labour Markets

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October 1995 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Labour market inequalities are a feature which all European countries share. This book provides a comparative perspective of sexual inequality in the 12 member-states of the European Union. Different aspects of inequality are discussed and presented: participation rates, occupational segregation, income differences, careers and the division of unpaid work. Another aspect that is examined is the position of women from ethnic minorities in the labour market. After presenting the facts, the book then looks at economic and sociological theories for possible explanations and integrates them into a single framework that provides starting points for a policy to promote equality between the sexes.

The second part of the book explores different policy measures promoted by the EU to advance equal opportunities. After presenting the equal opportunities of the EU, particular instruments are discussed such as the impact of EU directives, child care policies, positive action and comparable worth strategies. In addition the position of women in trade unions and their influence upon European decision making in the field of social policy is looked at. The book concludes with an exploration of what the future has in store for women in Europe.

Janneke Plantenga
Labour-Market Participation of Women in the European Union
Janneke Plantenga and Kea Tijdens
Segregation in the European Union
Development in the 1980s

Joop Schippers
Pay Differences between Men and Women in the European Labour Market
Anne-Wil K Harzing
The Labour-Market Position of Women from Ethnic Minorities
Comparison of Four European Countries

Bettina Bock and Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes
The Careers of Men and Women
A Life-Course Perspective

Tanja van der Lippe and Ellie Roelofs
Sharing Domestic Work
Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes and Jacques van Hoof
Gendered Patterns in Institutional Constraints
An Attempt at Theoretical Integration

Ellie Roelofs
The European Equal Opportunities Policy
Tineke van Vleuten
Legal Instruments at the EU Level
Liesbeth Pot
Policies for Children and Parents in Four European Countries
Attie de Jong and Bettina Bock
Positive Action in Organizations within the European Union
Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes
The Comparable Worth Strategy
Noor Goedhard and Jacques van Hoof
Women, Trade Unions and European Policy
Jacques van Hoof and Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes
Emancipation at the Crossroads


`A well-written book with a good balance between factual information and theoretical analysis and an approach which is multi-disciplinary' - International Review of Women and Leadership

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ISBN: 9781853962981