Publication
Title
The birth, life, and death of policy instruments : 35 years of EU gender equality policy programmes
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Abstract
Policy instruments research is an essential part of studying European Union governance. A growing interest in processes of (de-)legalisation and patterns of instrument choice requires a more process- and context-oriented analysis of the EUs instrument selection. Using a political sociology approach, the article analyses patterns of instrument choice in soft law policy programmes, by examining the life cycle of EU gender equality policy programmes from 1982 to the present day. Gender equality policy programmes offer an in-depth understanding of how the Commission upgrades and downgrades policy instruments. The analysis indicates that patterns of policy instrument choice are not necessarily inflexible once a policy instrument is selected. Instead, patterns vary while the instrument is (de-)legalised. Investigating gender equality policy programmes provides explanations for the shifts in the use of legislative instruments and their limitations.
Language
English
Source (journal)
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
Publication
London : 2019
ISSN
0140-2382 [print]
1743-9655 [online]
Volume/pages
42 :1 (2019) , p. 45-66
ISI
000450996900003
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Effects of Institutional Change on Participatory Democracy and the Involvement of Civil Society Organisations (DemocInChange).
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 29.10.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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