Equality of opportunity is a phrase that is embedded in the language of most organizations, even if it is not always identifiable in their practices. Since the civil rights movement in the US, and anti-discrimination legislation of the 1970s in the UK, jolted organizations on both sides of the Atlantic into taking the concept seriously, public service delivery has often led the way both in terms of developing new approaches and sometimes in highlighting the disturbing extent of social inequality.
Gender Equality in Public Services offers an analysis of how the organization of gender equality work in British public services is changing in response to legislation, the privatisation of and reduced state expenditure on public services, the devolution of power from central to regional and local government, and the rise of third wave feminism. The book also takes a look at the challenges and opportunities for promoting women's equality in employment and public services during these times of change.
The issues covered affect most advanced economies and the argument developed in the book draws from and contributes to international feminist debates and research literature on the potential of equality and gender mainstreaming work for radical and transformational change, and to feminist organization theory. As such, it will appeal to students, researchers and practitioners interested in the lived experience of equality policy and change processes, feminist organization theory and gender mainstreaming practice.
'Hazel Conley and Margaret Page's book offers an important and thought-provoking study of equality law in practice, and of feminist encounters with the local state as decision-maker, service provider and employer. Conley and Page's clear-sighted yet impassioned account of how equality practitioners engage with the law, in particular with the short-lived but ground breaking 'gender equality duty', is of particular interest for lawyers seeking examples of 'reflexive legislation' in action. It deserves to be an important part of the legal, as well as policy, debates on equality.' - Diamond Ashiagbor, Professor of Law, SOAS University of London, UK
''Gender Equality in Public Services' should be essential reading for all gender equality practitioners in local authorities in England and women's equality activists more generally. It is rigorous and readable, original and timely.' - Judith Squires, Professor, University of Bristol, UK
`Informed by feminist theory, Page and Conley provide a comprehensive review of feminist engagement with the proactive, liberating and coercive welfare state at the macro level, before delivering a thoughtful account of the implementation of the gender equality duty within the local state. Emphasising gender equality as a `direction of travel' rather than a `single destination', the book elaborates the tensions which beset the search for gender equality, whilst profiling the fundamental institutional work enacted by activists and equality officers on the ground. This is an important text for those researching, studying and performing equality.' - Dr. Rachel Ashworth, Reader in Public Services Management, Cardiff University, UK
1. Introduction 2. The Changing Discourses of Women's Equality Work in a Volatile Political Landscape 3. Dreams and Visions of Feminist Equality 4. Gender Equality Work in Flux: The Changing Organization and Politics of Gender Equality Work in the UK Local Government and Public Services 5. Feminist Researchers Creating Spaces for Change 6. Re-Imagining Equality Change
Series: Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 25th November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1