Neoliberalism, gender inequality and the Australian labour market

van Gellecum, Yolanda, Baxter, Janeen and Western, Mark (2008) Neoliberalism, gender inequality and the Australian labour market. Journal of Sociology, 44 1: 45-63. doi:10.1177/1440783307085842

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Author van Gellecum, Yolanda
Baxter, Janeen
Western, Mark
Title Neoliberalism, gender inequality and the Australian labour market
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2008-03-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783307085842
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 63
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, U. K
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
160805 Social Change
1608 Sociology
Abstract Over the past 25 years neoliberal philosophies have increasingly informed labour market policies in Australia that have led to increasing levels of wage decentralization. The most recent industrial relations changes aim to decentralize wage setting significantly further than has previously been the case. We argue that this is problematic for gender equity as wage decentralization will entrench rather than challenge the undervaluation of feminized work. In this article we provide an overview of key neoliberal industrial relations policy changes pertinent to gender equity and examine the current state of gender equity in the labour market. Results show that women's labour force participation has steadily increased over time but that a number of negative trends exclude women with substantial caring responsibilities from pursuing a career track. The implications of increasing levels of wage deregulation are that gender wage inequality and the potential for discrimination will grow.
Keyword Decentralization
Labour market inequality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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