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This monograph is a comparative study of legal initiatives and social
practices on equality and non-discrimination, from a gender
perspective, in two European legal systems, namely Spain and Italy.
The two countries share significant historical, cultural, social and
legal similarities and are alike in the respective legal structures,
territorial organisation and distribution of competences.
This comparative study of the legal structures provides a general
analysis and offers a dual perspective as it is organised in such a
way as to show both the overall and specific regulatory sources and
the contributions of science and jurisprudence to this subject in both
The ultimate legal context of this study is the European Social Law.
This conceptual framework is aimed at harmonising the different
national legislations on non-discrimination policies and the promotion
of effective equality for women and men.