Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
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Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Political Entrepreneurship for a Prosperous Europe

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander and Brigitte Pircher

This study explores the Europe 2020 strategy and the role of European political entrepreneurship in debating, shaping and implementing this strategy within the EU. The book sets out to explore the content, conditions and consequences of Europe 2020 by analysing the plan for a future prosperous EU economy. The main focus is on European political entrepreneurship and how the strategy has been debated and decided on, and then implemented from a governance perspective with multiple European actors.
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Chapter 9: Gender equality policy

Charlotte Silander

Abstract

Gender equality policy is often considered to be the most developed aspect of the European Union’s (EU) social dimension. Critical arguments have on the other hand argued that there is nothing in the EU gender equality policy that does not benefit the neo-liberal model of capitalism. From a justice perspective, gender equality can be viewed as an intrinsic value, but gender equality can also be viewed as an instrumental value, a tool for creating growth and prosperity. The aim of the chapter is to analyse Europe 2020 and related documents from a gender perspective. The chapter explores what kind of strategies the EU use to achieve the targets set out in Europe 2020. A main conclusion is that gender equality has come to play an important role in achieving the Europe 2020 goals through the increase of the number of women in the workforce.

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