Equity in the Workplace: Gendering Workplace Policy Analysis

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This edited collection assembles cutting-edge comparative policy research on contemporary policies relevant to gender and workplace issues. Contributors analyze contemporary gender-related employment policies ranging from parental leave and maternity programs, sexual harassment, and work/life balance to gender mainstreaming. Gender and Work in Comparative Perspective thoroughly illustrates the richness of understanding that can be gained through the juxtaposition of a variety of research methodologies focused on a common theme. The side-by-side presentation of single case studies on countries such as Canada, the United States, Germany, and Japan allows readers to compare and understand a wide range of policy options, thereby integrating what are usually separate bodies of research on the role of gender in welfare state developments, employment transformations, workplace policies, and work experience. An essential tool for scholars in many fields, this volume clearly illustrates how national approaches to gender and workplace policy form a spectrum of alternatives that, while rooted in the historical and social cultures of individual nation-states, are also subject to similar international global and economic forces.

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Canadian Woman Studies
Readers benefit from the rich, locally grounded studies, each of which contributes to the historical and critical analysis of the individual nation state, but even more significantly, from the lessons we might carry from place to place in understanding the breadth of policy options and the strategies employed by women to alter workplace practices. . . . the articles in this volume are clearly written and well researched. The variety of methodologies is welcome.
This book is a leading sally in what will likely be an increasing number of conference volumes devoted to cross-national comparisons of workplace policies.
This book is a leading sally in what will likely be an increasing number of conference volumes devoted to cross-national comparisons of workplace policies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739106884
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: Studies in Public Policy Series
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Gottfried is an Associate Professor of Labor Affairs at Wayne State University. Laura Reese is a Professor in the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, also at Wayne State University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Workplace Policy Chapter 4 Globalization, Gender and Work: Perspectives on Global Regulation Chapter 5 Policy Strategies in a Global Era for Gendered Workplace Equity Chapter 6 Institutionally Embedded Gender Models: Re-regulating and Breadwinner Models in Germany and Japan Chapter 6 European Gender Mainstreaming: Promises and Pitfalls of Transformative Policy Part 7 Implications of Gender in the Workplace Chapter 9 Parental Leave and Gender Equality: What Can the U.S. Learn from the European Union? Chapter 9 Career Advancement Choices of Female Managers in U.S. Local Government Chapter 10 An Assessment of Women's Acceptance as Breadwinners Chapter 11 The Employment Insurance Model: Maternity, Paternal, and Sickness Benefits in Canada Part 11 Reconciliation of Work and Family Life: Maternity, Parental, and Family Leave Chapter 12 Erosion of the Male-Breadwinner Model? Female Labor-Market Participation and Family-Leave Policies in Germany Chapter 13 Solving a Problem or Tinkering at the Margins? Work, Family and Caregiving Chapter 13 Globalization and Work/Life Balance: Gendered Implications of New Initiatives at a U.S. Multinational in Japan Chapter 14 Europeanizing the Military: The ECJ as a Catalyst in the Transformation of the Bundeswehr Part 17 Specific Applications of Workplace Policies: Gender in Equity in the Workplace Chapter 19 Implementing Sexual Harassment Law in the United States and Germany Chapter 20 Sexual Harassment Policies and Employee Preferences in Local U.S. Government

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