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Gender and Family in European Economic Policy

Developments in the New Millennium

  • Diana Auth
  • Jutta Hergenhan
  • Barbara Holland-Cunz


  • Demonstrates the strength of combining policy, economics, and family studies

  • Addresses both successes and shortfalls of innovative gender policies

  • Investigates the relationship of fast-tracked solutions and long-term cultural change


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Diana Auth, Jutta Hergenhan, Barbara Holland-Cunz
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gender Equality in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  4. Gender Equality in the Economic Sphere

  5. Gender Equality in the Realm of the Family

  6. Political Representation

  7. Conclusion

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-267

About this book


This collection explores how pioneering gender equality policies have shaped women's economic presence in Europe since 2000. Equal pay policies, parental leave reforms, corporate quotas and electoral quotas have raised pressing questions about the effectiveness in promoting equal participation, as researchers quote both quantitative improvement in gender diversity and qualitative lag in cultural change. The chapters in this book present interlocking cross-national and cross-policy comparisons of the three most controversial reforms: equal pay, parental leave, and quotas for political representatives. The contributors address the cultural context in which reforms arose, internally contradictory policies, and the relative effectiveness of fast-track quotas and incentives compared to long-term efforts to change the overall culture of gender. This critical examination of the new millennium's groundbreaking gender policies will appeal to academics and practitioners interested in the progress of gender equality in the economic, political, and social welfare fields.


political representation election care regimes familialism labour market participation labor market earner-carer model

Editors and affiliations

  • Diana Auth
    • 1
  • Jutta Hergenhan
    • 2
  • Barbara Holland-Cunz
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.University of GiessenGiessenGermany
  3. 3.University of GiessenGiessenGermany

About the editors

Diana Auth is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Her main research areas are comparative welfare state research, gender studies, elderly care research and social gerontology, and policy analysis.

Jutta Hergenhan is a Berlin-based political scientist. She is a researcher, lecturer, scientific translator, and editor. From 2012 to 2015, she was the executive director of the Research Group for Gender Studies at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Her main research areas are gender and politics, language and gender, and transformation processes in the Mediterranean area.

Barbara Holland-Cunz is Professor of Political Sciences, with a primary focus on gender studies, and Head of the Research Group for Gender Studies at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Her main research areas are political theory; women's movements, equality policy, and political participation; and the theory and sociology of science and nature.


Catherine Achin, Paris Dauphine University, France
Francesca Bettio, University of Siena, Italy 
Roland Erne, University College Dublin, Ireland
Gesine Fuchs, Independent Researcher, Switzerland
Cécile Guillaume, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Natalie Imboden, Unia, Switzerland
Sigrid Leitner, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Hanne Martinek, Uppsala University, Sweden
Sophie Rouault, Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Christine Scheidegger, Independent Researcher, Switzerland
Dorota Szelewa, University of Warsaw, Poland

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“This collection of essays offers a timely account of a range of gender- and family- related policies in a number of EU Member States. … Across the various chapters there is a great depth of information, and the book provides some very interesting insights into the case studies presented. One key theme that emerges across all chapters, is the role of culture in achieving or hampering the movement towards gender equality.” (Muireann O’Dwyer, Journal of Common Market Studies JCMS, Vol. 56 (2), March, 2018)