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.
'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