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La diversité : sans droit ni obligation


  • Annie Junter
  • Réjane Sénac-Slawinski


We contrast the stability of legal and political definitions of equality, with a particular emphasis on gender equality, and on the ?newspeak? of political and economic debates about diversity. The article examines the role of diversity in the legal and political fields in order to unpack fascination with diversity. We add nuance to the hypothesis that the concept of diversity is leading to the replacement of legal categories with managerial norms. We posit that this embodies a conceptual melting pot, riddled with internal contradictions. Hence, in the first section entitled ?diversity without obligation?, we analyze the emergence of diversity as an alternative to gender discrimination hard law. In the second section entitled ?diversity without rights?, we examine the debates concerning the terms and usage of norms surrounding equality and non-discrimination. JEL classification codes: J71, J78, J88, K20, K42, L25, L50.

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  • Annie Junter & Réjane Sénac-Slawinski, 2010. "La diversité : sans droit ni obligation," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 0(3), pages 167-195.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:reofsp:reof_114_0167

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    Cited by:

    1. Françoise Milewski & Réjane Sénac, 2014. "Gender equality: a european challenge at the crossroads of economics, law and politics," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/1nh7s6unge8, Sciences Po.
    2. Françoise Milewski & Réjane Sénac, 2014. "Gender equality: a european challenge at the crossroads of economics, law and politics," Post-Print hal-00988413, HAL.

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    discrimination; diversity; equality; gender; management; rights; politics;

    JEL classification:

    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)
    • J88 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Public Policy
    • K20 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - General
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General


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