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The ‘herding effect’

Jude Browne

in Sex segregation and inequality in the modern labour market

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861345998
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345998.003.0005
The ‘herding effect’

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This chapter evaluates the current legal and policy approaches to sex inequality in Britain and provides a specific focus on the Equal Treatment Principle. It also addresses the legal and policy implications of the various causal theories under investigation throughout the book. The chapter then exemplifies how current equality principles, laws, and policies are largely tethered to anachronistic understandings of ‘gender roles’ and consequently lag woefully behind the wants and needs of a twenty-first-century workforce. The Kingsmill Review developed its recommendations for better human-resource management, claiming that this was the locus of the problem. The chapter also shows the ways in which the law and policy approaches rely on particular understandings of how men and women operate in and between home life and work. Finally, it reviews how the shortcomings of the various theoretical approaches continue to limit their efficacy as guides to policy.

Keywords: sex inequality; Britain; Equal Treatment Principle; gender roles; Kingsmill Review; equality principles; equality laws; equality policy

Chapter.  16019 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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