Trade union perspectives on diversity management: A comparison of the UK and Denmark

Anne Marie Greene*, Gill Kirton, John Wrench

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This article compares the viewpoints of trade union activists in the UK and Denmark on diversity management. While this concept is spreading rapidly across Europe, very different attitudes are revealed among equality activists and officials in the two countries. The article distinguishes between understandings of diversity management as a descriptor, theoretical approach, and policy approach. The main differences between the countries emerge with regard to diversity management as a policy approach, which is regarded with great scepticism in the UK and with great enthusiasm in Denmark. Explanations for these differences are offered, involving prior experiences of anti-discrimination activities, industrial relations approaches, and the wider political context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-196
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean journal of industrial relations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

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