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Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets

Discrimination, Gender and Policies of Diversity

The need to analyse labour market mechanisms in post-industrial Western societies is urgent, according to the authors of 'Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets'. Despite laws and policy measures being developed at the European, national and local levels, job-seeking immigrants and ethnic minorities still suffer unequal access and ethnic discrimination.

This volume, written by Karen Kraal, Judith Roosblad (both IMES, University of Amsterdam) and John Wrench (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) endeavours to understand why. Four chapters dealing with discrimination, gender, equity policies and diversity management present a lively discussion of the current scientific debate.

Besides providing empirical evidence, the authors recommend methods for conducting further research in the field and evaluate the actual effects of discrimination-combating policies. One conclusion is that systematic analysis of the labour market and its subsequent equity policies must be supported by hard data, such as statistics. With its state-of-the-art scope and unique thematic exploration, this volume transfers knowledge from social science studies to a more operational realm.


Karen Kraal, Judith Roosblad and John Wrench: Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets
Paperback, Amsterdam University Press
ISBN 978 90 8964 126 7, English
€ 27,50