The Europeanization of gender equality: A study on EU influence on Swedish gender equality legislation
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Sweden has since the membership of the European Union established a new Discrimination act and this thesis aim is to discuss if the EU could be a factor that influenced Sweden to that change. This is done through a discussion of how the EU is mentioned in the preparatory works. Preparatory works are used by the Swedish government in policy making before deciding on a new law and is to give a better understanding to the theoretical background and how the policy-making process deals with the effects of the EU policy at national level. To help explain how the EU could be an influential factor the theory of Europeanization and State-feminist theory are applied. These theories are also discussed further on the role norm entrepreneurs’ play and how they use the EU as an opportunity structure. Through the theory of Europeanization it is explained how the he EU directives have been implemented without any adoptational problems and with Sweden meeting the goals of the directives, national legislation has been developed further. Through the governmental bills, signs show that the EU can be a factor of influence in national legislation in Sweden. It has not, however, been stated that the changes of the acts to the current Discrimination act is done by effects of the European Union.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 36 p.
EU, Europeanization, preparatory work, Discrimination Act, norm entrepreneur
Law and Society
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-18124OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-18124DiVA: diva2:512221
Subject / course
Europena Studies Programme, 180 credits
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law