Gender and Family in European Economic Policy

Developments in the New Millennium

  • Diana Auth
  • Jutta Hergenhan
  • Barbara Holland-Cunz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Diana Auth, Jutta Hergenhan, Barbara Holland-Cunz
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gender Equality in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  4. Gender Equality in the Economic Sphere

  5. Gender Equality in the Realm of the Family

  6. Political Representation

  7. Conclusion

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-267

About this book


This collection explores how pioneering gender equality policies have shaped women's economic presence in Europe since 2000. Equal pay policies, parental leave reforms, corporate quotas and electoral quotas have raised pressing questions about the effectiveness in promoting equal participation, as researchers quote both quantitative improvement in gender diversity and qualitative lag in cultural change. The chapters in this book present interlocking cross-national and cross-policy comparisons of the three most controversial reforms: equal pay, parental leave, and quotas for political representatives. The contributors address the cultural context in which reforms arose, internally contradictory policies, and the relative effectiveness of fast-track quotas and incentives compared to long-term efforts to change the overall culture of gender. This critical examination of the new millennium's groundbreaking gender policies will appeal to academics and practitioners interested in the progress of gender equality in the economic, political, and social welfare fields.


political representation election care regimes familialism labour market participation labor market earner-carer model

Editors and affiliations

  • Diana Auth
    • 1
  • Jutta Hergenhan
    • 2
  • Barbara Holland-Cunz
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.University of GiessenGiessenGermany
  3. 3.University of GiessenGiessenGermany

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