This book presents a wide-ranging comparative analysis of the development of sex-equality policies within Europe. The contributors, comprising both European and US-based scholars, address a very current political issue. This is an area of policy that has reached the decision-making stage in much of Europe and it is thus possible to assess the outcome of policy-making and to account for cross-national variations of sex-equality policy measures.
The contributors discuss the similarities and differences in levels of awareness, commitment to equality of opportunity and readiness to turn rhetoric into reality in a number of west European countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Britain, Norway and Ireland.
'It is immediately obvious that this volume not only builds on the existing literature but also brings considerable new light to the subject.... Scholars in search of a strong comparative theoretical framework for understanding women's policy in the EU should consider this volume a necessary place to start.' - Rachel A. Cischowski, University of California, Irvine