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“The Long and Winding Road”: A Comparative Policy Analysis of Multilevel Judicial Implementation of Work‒Life Balance in Spain

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La Barbera, Mariacaterina and Lombardo, Emanuela (2017) “The Long and Winding Road”: A Comparative Policy Analysis of Multilevel Judicial Implementation of Work‒Life Balance in Spain. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis . pp. 1-16. ISSN 1387-6988

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Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13876988.2017.1363949



Abstract

This article studies how processes of policy implementation and the impact of a multilevel European legal order shape social policies. By using an interdisciplinary approach to comparative policy analysis that investigates policy implementation through the critical study of judicial litigation, the article analyses the case of García Mateos on work‒life balance in its different stages before Spanish and supranational courts. It shows that the implementation of work‒life balance policy through litigation in Spain is a “long and winding road” paved with discursive and material opportunities and obstacles. While multiple pressures, actors, and framings at different governmental levels contributed to a favourable judicial decision on gender equality, norms about the gendered division of labour limited its transformative potential.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Work‒life balance; Gender equality; Comparative policy analysis; Critical frame analysis; Multilevel judicial implementation
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science > Public administration
Social sciences > Political science > Human rights
Social sciences > Political science > International agencies
Social sciences > European Union
Social sciences > European Union > European social policy
ID Code:45203
Deposited On:25 Oct 2017 10:32
Last Modified:15 Oct 2019 10:01

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