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"Historicizing EU equality policy: Is hindsight 20/20?"

Elman, R. Amy. (2003) "Historicizing EU equality policy: Is hindsight 20/20?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    This conference paper offers details that undermine the common assumption that EU policies emanate from enlightened foresight and/or coherent planning. To this end, it explores the relatively recent interest in Eurocrats in violence against women, an issue that few previously expected the EU to address. This paper suggests that while European Commissioners, judges, activists and others are important political actors, they are hardly fundamental architects (or obstructionists) of sexual equality. This distinction, though modest, recommends that we see a more tenuous relationship between the past and present. In short, for all of our efforts to comprehend social change, a brief look at the issue of male violence underscores the way in which policy development is a serendipitous process with unintended and often misunderstood consequences.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > gender policy/equal opportunity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2006
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:42

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