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The record of gender policies in Greece 1980-2010: legal form and economic substance

Lyberaki, Antigone (2010) The record of gender policies in Greece 1980-2010: legal form and economic substance. Hellenic Observatory papers on Greece and Southeast Europe, GreeSE paper no. 36. The Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Reforms promoting gender equality in Greece are held by many to be one of the few real success stories of the post-1974 period. Indeed, there has been considerable activity in changes in employment, family, social insurance and other legislation all centered around the constitutional provision on equal treatment which came into force in 1983. This activism, however, was mainly about statutory changes and lacked a feminist analysis of women’s real position in the Greek economy and society. The main argument of the paper is that gender equality-promoting policies, laws and measures - ‘Legalistic Formalism’- failed because they ignored the dual nature of the labour market and the economics of the family. By focusing on legal form and ignoring reality it allowed the reform momentum to be hijacked.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/hellenicObservato...
Additional Information: © 2010 Antigone Lyberaki
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > Hellenic Observatory
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: GreeSE paper no. 36
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 11:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28437/

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