From Legislation to Discourse and Mobilization

Alexander Somek

in Engineering Equality

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693375
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729737 | DOI:
From Legislation to Discourse and Mobilization

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Anti-discrimination policy represents that field of European Union social policy which has been steadily successful since its inception. Its success continues even in the course of the current reorientation of social policy towards the use of more ‘soft’ as opposed to ‘hard’ legal means. The new, ‘soft’ social policy is associated with the rise of employment policy. Anti-discrimination law is now to be seen as interconnected with the European employment strategy. As a result, anti-discrimination policy has been increasingly intermingled with management strategies. At the macrolevel, this affects the complementarity between legislation and the pursuit of ‘action programs’ or ‘mutual learning processes’, the instigation of which has been encouraged in the European Union. At the microlevel, this intermingling is manifest in how scholars imagine anti-discrimination strategies to be reinforced at the workplace level through strategies of practical training and the administered improvement of attitudes.

Keywords: Soft law; European employment strategy; Anti-discrimination action program; governance by discourse; human resource management; social policy as part of economic policy

Chapter.  17128 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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