The good, the not so good and the ugly: gender equality, equal pay and austerity in English local government

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Author: Conley, Hazel; Page, Margaret


Drawing on theories of responsive and reflexive legislation and gender mainstreaming, this article examines the implementation of the gender equality duty and the Single Status Agreement in five English local authorities between 2008 and 2010. Both of these initiatives coincided with the global financial crisis. The data highlights how organizational restructuring following budget cuts resulted in the separation of these two important initiatives between equality and human resource management teams, preventing the duty from reaching the high expectations of the Equal Opportunities...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Equity; Management; Income; Economics

Keywords: Local government; Economic recession; Organisational change; Employment practice; Funding; Wage; Equal opportunity; Regulation

Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Los Angeles, California: Sage Publications, 2018

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Journal volume: 32

Journal number: 4

Journal date: August 2018

Pages: pp. 789-805

ISSN: 0950-0170, 1469-8722 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 133.791

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