Writing Women Out, Folding Gender in: The European Union ‘Modernises’ Social Policy


Jenson, Jane. 2008. “Writing Women Out, Folding Gender in: The European Union ‘Modernises’ Social Policy.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society 15 (2): 131-53.

Author: Jane Jenson


Over the last fifteen years, most of the countries with liberal and social democratic welfare regimes have redesigned their social policy. This trajectory can be labeled the LEGO policy paradigm. In it, the definition of the best policy mix often targets children and youth and redeploys policy instruments to achieve goals for the future. There is a growing commitment by the European Union to this supply-side understanding of social policy. Thus, while the machinery of gender mainstreaming and equality remains in place, nonetheless, two mechanisms are at one work in the social policy field: one of writing women out of the plot and folding gender into other stories.

Topics: Age, Youth, Gender, Women, Girls, Boys, Gender Mainstreaming, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, International Organizations Regions: Europe

Year: 2008

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