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Gender equality in public services : chasing the dream

Author: Hazel Conley; Margaret Page, (Senior Lecturer)
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Routledge studies in management, organizations and society
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2014015212
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hazel Conley; Margaret Page, (Senior Lecturer)
ISBN: 1136236872 9781136236877
OCLC Number: 897449160
Description: 1 online resource (pages cm).
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Women's Equality and the Welfare State - Contradictory political landscapes 3. Dreams and Visions of Feminist Equality in the Local State 4. Translating Dreams into Practice: Practitioner reflections 5. Implementing the Gender Equality Duty - Looking through the window of opportunity 6. Chasing the Dream: Feminists and researchers creating spaces for change Case Studies: 1. Modernisation and mainstreaming: gender equality by performance management 2. Feminist leadership, precarious progress: from feminist social justice to privatisation and outsourcing 3. Belief not duty: leading gender equality and diversity within partnerships and with local communities 4. Promoting women's equality through collaborative feminist leadership 5. Balancing intersectionality, 'cohesion' and cuts
Series Title: Routledge studies in management, organizations and society
Responsibility: Hazel Conley, Margaret Page.
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"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"--

"The provision of state funded and democratically accountable care services represents one of the most potentially transformative advances in gendered social relations and equality for women by 'defamilizing' care and providing paid work. But the cost of providing these services, which women have access to them and how they should be provided are always at the forefront of debate, especially during economic crises. Socially funded and publicly accountable care services are therefore a key site of feminist activity, but also the frontline for spending cuts and 'reform' during times of austerity. Gender Equality in Public Services analyses how gender equality work in British public services is changing in response to factors including: equality legislation; the erosion of local democracy, privatisation of public services and new forms of feminist activism and leadership. It also assesses the challenges and opportunities for promoting women's equality in producing and using public services. Impacting upon developed and developing economies, the arguments in this challenging book explore the potential of equality and feminist activism and leadership for radical and transformational change. It will appeal to advanced students, researchers and practitioners interested in social policy, feminist organization theory, equal opportunities and gender mainstreaming practice"--

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