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Unwrapping the European social model$
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Amparo Serrano Pascual and Maria Jepsen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347985

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347985.001.0001

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The European Social Model and gender equality1

The European Social Model and gender equality1

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Unwrapping the European social model

Lilja Mósesdóttir

Policy Press

This chapter analyses how the EU has sought to create a regulation paradigm or a European social model (ESM) in order to pressure the member states to tackle gender (in)equalities more effectively. This regulation paradigm involves, on the one hand, hard measures, such as legally binding directives, and, on the other hand, soft measures or guidelines and recommendations, such as the European Employment Strategy. The aim of this chapter is to identify the potentials and limitations of the EU's regulation mechanism or the ESM in achieving the goal of gender equality. Moreover, it will examine the extent to which this regulation paradigm in the EU15 member states is transforming gender relations. The development of gender gaps reveals the extent to which the EU's objective of gender equality is becoming a reality across the EU15 member states.

Keywords:   European Union, regulations, gender equality, gender relations, social models, sociology

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