Containing contributions by some of the best known researchers in the field, this volume considers the intersection between the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), a relatively new mode of policy-making, and gender equality, a long-standing area of EU policy. It draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives to examine the effectiveness of the OMC as a medium for the advancement of gender equality within the EU. It also considers gender in the OMC in a variety of contexts and at both a general EU and Member State level. Central to the discussion is the concept of gender mainstreaming which proposes that a gender equality perspective should be incorporated at every level and opportunity of EU policy and practice. The authors assess how successful this has been in the context of the OMC. The book provides a unique and contemporary body of work on the OMC which adds significantly to existing understandings of this form of governance and informs critical debate of EU social governance.
Contents: Preface; Introduction – gender and the OMC, Fiona Beveridge and Samantha Velluti; Implementing gender equality and mainstreaming in an enlarged European Union: prospects and challenges, Fiona Beveridge; Employment policy, women's labour market activation and demographic trends, Roberta Guerrina; The European employment strategy and the Europeanization of gender equality in employment, Ayse Idil Aybars; The OMC and the European employment strategy: broadening the possibilities for gender equality?, Julia S. O'Connor; The OMC, gender policy and the experience of Poland as a new member state, Malgorzata Fuszara; OMC in the context of EU gender policy from the point of view of new EU member states, Kristina Koldinská; Gender equality and mainstreaming in the re-articulation of labour market policies in Denmark and Italy, Samantha Velluti; Is the OMC a provider of political tools to promote gender mainstreaming?, Amparo Serrano Pascual; Gender and the OMC: conclusions and prospects, Fiona Beveridge and Samantha Velluti; Index.
About the Editor: Fiona Beveridge is Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests are in the areas of International Economic Law; Feminist Legal Studies; and EU law. She has written extensively on these and related areas. Samantha Velluti, is a Lecturer in Law at the Lincoln Law School, University of Lincoln, UK. Dr. Velluti's publication and research interests include EU governance and open method of co-ordination; EU social law and policy; gender equality; and migration.
Reviews: 'With contributions from the leading researchers in the area, this is a valuable, inter-disciplinary and critical discussion of how a new method of EU policy making and governance reflects specifically on the formulation of gender policies in the EU. It is a significant and ground-breaking work which makes a useful empirical contribution to an assessment of the OMC and its impact on the modernisation of social policies in the EU.'
Erika Szyszczak, University of Leicester, UK
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