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Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe

Terri E. Givens and Rhonda Evans Case


The development of antidiscrimination policy in Europe closely mirrored European Union deepening in the 1990s, but its roots lie in developments during the 1980s. Actors in the European Parliament saw a political opening for action with the rise of the radical right in places like France and Germany. In the 1980s and early 1990s, racist acts of violence and the stunning success of radical right political parties across Europe catapulted the issues of immigration, xenophobia, fascism, and racism to the forefront. The European Parliament was only beginning to take on a more important role in the ... More

Keywords: antidiscrimination, European Union, European Parliament, racism, immigration, anti-racism, radical right, xenophobia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198709015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terri E. Givens, author
Associate Professor, Government Department, University of Texas at Austin

Rhonda Evans Case, author
Associate Professor; Adjunct Associate Professor, East Carolina University; University of Texas at Austin