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Gender mainstreaming and evaluation in the EU: comparative perspectives from feminist institutionalism

Minto, Rachel and Mergaert, Lut 2018. Gender mainstreaming and evaluation in the EU: comparative perspectives from feminist institutionalism. International Feminist Journal of Politics 20 (2) , pp. 204-220. 10.1080/14616742.2018.1440181

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This article presents a focused comparative analysis of the institutionalization of two governance practices in the European Commission that levy distinct challenges to the gender status quo: gender mainstreaming (which overtly challenges gender bias) and evaluation (which does not have explicit feminist aspirations). With reference to five dimensions, we identify evaluation as relatively strongly institutionalized, and gender mainstreaming as relatively weakly institutionalized. We draw on the explanatory power of feminist institutionalism to unpack these findings, arguing that a feminist institutional perspective can shed light on this variation, as it provides greater insight into the formal and informal institutions that constrain, enable and shape the implementation of evaluation and gender mainstreaming. We assert that the notion of path dependency, the logic of appropriateness, and the concept of layering serve as useful tools to understand the gendered nature of the European Commission. This research provides insights into the institutional factors that impact the implementation of gender equality strategies (such as gender mainstreaming). In turn, this contributes to the development of more effective strategies to promote institutional change toward greater equality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN: 1461-6742
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 29 April 2017
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2022 20:40

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