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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance$
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Alexandra Kaasch and Kerstin Martens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.001.0001

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The OECD, Gender, and Social Policy—Parallel Stories

The OECD, Gender, and Social Policy—Parallel Stories

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(p.81) Chapter 5 The OECD, Gender, and Social Policy—Parallel Stories
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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance
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Rianne Mahon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.003.0005

The idea of social policy as ‘social investment’ represents an important strand in global social policy discourses. There has also been a strong gender equality dimension to global social policy debates, since the 1970s. Both discourses include normative (prevent the intergenerational transmission of poverty; promote gender equality) and instrumental (to enhance competitiveness and activate the labour force, facilitate women’s labour force participation) components. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was an early contributor to the development of the social investment discourse, and through its working party on the role of women in the economy it participated in the formation of a global gender equality agenda. Although since the start of the new millennium the OECD has integrated gender into its social policy discourse, each aspect was dealt by a distinct working party, working along parallel, rarely intersecting, lines.

Keywords:   social investment, gender equality, OECD, global social policy discourse, women’s labour force

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