Virtual launch of the book 'Social Partners and Gender Equality: Change and Continuity in Gendered Corporatism in Europe'

Welcome to the virtual launch of the book

‘Social Partners and Gender Equality: Change and Continuity in Gendered Corporatism in Europe’

24 March 2022, 15.00-16.15 pm CET


This recently published book brings an intersectional gender perspective to bear on social partners and corporatism in Europe. The authors of this edited volume explore the impact of social partners on (in)equalities across Europe, taking into account phenomena such as neoliberalisation, austerity, and the COVID-19 crisis, and address issues such as domestic work, the gender pay gap, and the persistent undervaluation of women’s labour and care work.

Talks based on some chapters of the book will shed light on the genderedness of corporatist systems, the influence of social partners on policies and discourses around gender equality, as well as the way trade unions represent women and marginalized groups. Talks are followed by a discussion on the current and future research agenda on social partners, gender and corporatism. 

Chair: Anna Elomäki (Tampere University)


Anna Elomäki, Johanna Kantola and Paula Koskinen Sandberg (Tampere University): Gender, power and corporatism. Introduction to the book.

Clémence Ledoux (University Nantes/Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies): Social partners in the European Union and the test of gender and intersectionality. Presentation based on the Special Issue of Politique européenne 2021/4 co-edited with Sophie Jacquot.

Ines Wagner (Norwegian Institute for Social Research): The Gendered Nature of Pattern Bargaining: Leeway for Change? (Chapter co-authored with Mari Teigen)

My Rafstedt (University of Oslo): Converging and Conflicting Perspectives on Gender Equality Amongst Spanish Social Partners

Judith Holland (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg): Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining and Gender in Germany (Chapter co-authored with Ingrid Artus)  

Discussant: Christina Berqvist (Uppsala University) 

Registration is required. To register and receive the Zoom link for the event, please send an email with your name, surname, institution/organization, and email address by 23 March to