Non-decision making in the reform of equal pay policy: The case of Finnish gender equality legislation

The purpose of this article is to analyse an example of non-decision making in the Nordic tripartite policy process, namely the reform of the Finnish gender equality legislation and law for equal pay comparisons. The paper uses non-decision making as a conceptual framework for qualitative analysis of the documentation of the working group that drafted the law for equal pay comparisons. The analysis focuses on the strategic responses used by the participants in order to defend the status quo and resist change in the legislation. The key findings are that the law for conducting equal pay comparisons as a part of gender equality planning in Finnish organisations changed dramatically in the tripartite policy process. Employer organisations successfully prevented the most relevant features from being implemented in the reformed law.