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The European Social Model and gender equality<sup>1</sup>

Lilja Mósesdóttir

in Unwrapping the European social model

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347985
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347985.003.0007
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This chapter analyses how the EU has sought to create a regulation paradigm or a European social model (ESM) in order to pressure the member states to tackle gender (in)equalities more effectively. This regulation paradigm involves, on the one hand, hard measures, such as legally binding directives, and, on the other hand, soft measures or guidelines and recommendations, such as the European Employment Strategy. The aim of this chapter is to identify the potentials and limitations of the EU's regulation mechanism or the ESM in achieving the goal of gender equality. Moreover, it will examine the extent to which this regulation paradigm in the EU15 member states is transforming gender relations. The development of gender gaps reveals the extent to which the EU's objective of gender equality is becoming a reality across the EU15 member states.

Keywords: European Union; regulations; gender equality; gender relations; social models; sociology

Chapter.  8099 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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