Equality Machineries Matter: The Impact of Women's Political Pressure on European Social-Care Policies

Posted: 12 Aug 2009

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Inge Bleijenbergh

Radboud University Nijmegen

Conny Roggeband

University of Amsterdam

Abstract

This study examines the impact of feminist pressure and European Union (EU) policies on national policy changes, such as the introduction or extension of public childcare provision, parental leave, and part-time work legislation. We compared six countries on the basis of Qualitative Comparative Analysis and found that women's political pressure, especially through national equality machinery, is a prerequisite for the emergence and extension of social-care policies. Sequence analysis showed that national machineries are crucial in translating EU measures into national policies.

Suggested Citation

Bleijenbergh, Inge and Roggeband, Conny, Equality Machineries Matter: The Impact of Women's Political Pressure on European Social-Care Policies. Social Politics, Vol. 14, Issue 4, pp. 437-459, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447696 or http://dx.doi.org/jxm018

Inge Bleijenbergh (Contact Author)

Radboud University Nijmegen

Postbus 9108
Nijmegen, 6500 HK
Netherlands

Conny Roggeband

University of Amsterdam

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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