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This introduces the book, setting out key elements of the focus and lines of analysis. It also contextualizes the book, identifying reasons why we need to take stock of gender inequality and the new developments that are influencing progress, for example the 2008 recession, the ‘#MeToo’ movement and the growth of liberal feminism. The Introduction also sets out the hallmark features of the book, emphasizing its EU-wide comparative and inter-disciplinary focus. Key terms are defined and the evidence basis for the analysis is outlined. The book’s structure is also explained and an outline of the orientation and contents of each chapter is offered.

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