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Sex segregation and inequality in the modern labour market$
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Jude Browne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345998

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345998.001.0001

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The ‘herding effect’

The ‘herding effect’

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Sex segregation and inequality in the modern labour market

Jude Browne

Policy Press

This chapter evaluates the current legal and policy approaches to sex inequality in Britain and provides a specific focus on the Equal Treatment Principle. It also addresses the legal and policy implications of the various causal theories under investigation throughout the book. The chapter then exemplifies how current equality principles, laws, and policies are largely tethered to anachronistic understandings of ‘gender roles’ and consequently lag woefully behind the wants and needs of a twenty-first-century workforce. The Kingsmill Review developed its recommendations for better human-resource management, claiming that this was the locus of the problem. The chapter also shows the ways in which the law and policy approaches rely on particular understandings of how men and women operate in and between home life and work. Finally, it reviews how the shortcomings of the various theoretical approaches continue to limit their efficacy as guides to policy.

Keywords:   sex inequality, Britain, Equal Treatment Principle, gender roles, Kingsmill Review, equality principles, equality laws, equality policy

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