Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
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Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment

Edited by Gregor Gall

Providing a thorough overview of the political nature and dynamics of the world of work, labour and employment, this timely Handbook draws together an interdisciplinary range of top contributors to explore the interdependent relationship between politics and labour, work and employment. The Handbook explores the purpose, roles, rights and powers of employers and management, workers and unions, states and governments in the age of globalised neo-liberalism.
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Chapter 19: Gender segregation and labour market institutions

Siobhan Austen, Therese Jefferson and Linley Lord


This chapter considers the definition and measurement of gender segregation before summarising key arguments about its possible causes. The discussion is organised around three areas. First, gender segregation as outcome of rational decisions and/or preferences of individual men and women. Second, the links between formal institutions, regulations and practices that can lead to gendered divisions of labour that are closely linked with relatively unfavourable labour market outcomes for women. Third, the extent to which gender can be considered as separable from the institutional and labour market contexts.

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