Dilemmas in the Danish Approach to Gender Equality

Gender Equality without Gender Quota

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Resumé

The paper addresses the dilemmas, contradictions and paradoxes in the Danish approach to gender quotas and gender equality and discusses the intersections of citizenship, democracy and gender justice. Gender research understands gender quota as a means to achieve equal rights, gender equality and gender parity. Gender theory has conceptualized gender parity as one step towards achieving gender justice in all arenas of social, political and economic life. The Danish cases illustrate that context matters and question gender quota as a universal strategy to achieve gender equality. The empirical focus of the paper is placed on three arenas: 1) gender quota in political governance; 2) gender quota in parental leave policies; and 3) gender quota in economic governance. The paper is primarily concerned with analyses of Danish discourses and policies in relation to the three policy areas and only to a limited extent addresses the impact of these policies and their implications for lived practice. One issue concerns the paradox of the relatively high female representation in politics without the adoption of gender quotas. A second issue concerns the gap between gender equality policies. Denmark lacks behind the other Scandinavian countries’ discourses and policies about gender quota but in practice the picture is much more complex. A third issue concerns the European perspective. In relation to women’s labour market participation and gender parity in politics Denmark is ahead of other European countries but lacks behind in relation to equal representation on corporate boards.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Udgivelses stedFlorence
UdgiverEuropean University Institute
Udgave2015/27
Antal sider13
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015
NavnEUI Working Papers
Nummer27
Vol/bind2015
ISSN1725-6739

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Denmark
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gender policy
parental leave
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gender studies
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Agustin, L. R., & Siim, B. (2015). Dilemmas in the Danish Approach to Gender Equality: Gender Equality without Gender Quota. (2015/27 udg.) Florence: European University Institute. EUI Working Papers, Nr. 27, Bind. 2015 https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2610691
Agustin, Lise Rolandsen ; Siim, Birte. / Dilemmas in the Danish Approach to Gender Equality : Gender Equality without Gender Quota. 2015/27. udg. Florence : European University Institute, 2015. (EUI Working Papers; Nr. 27, Bind 2015).
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2015/27. udg. Florence : European University Institute, 2015.

Publikation: Working paperForskningpeer review

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