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Public Value co-creation for Gender Mainstreaming: Can Public Value Management enhance Gender Equality?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4737-1573
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The strategy of gender mainstreaming has been promoted by the UN to enhance gender equality. It was implemented in the era of New Public Management when quantitative performance measures were much more valid than qualitatively assessed aspects on the effects of performances. Consequently, the status of gendered power relations was only disclosed by the counting of women and men which hampered the intended results of gender mainstreaming (Wittbom, 2015). Besides statistical records, mapping the presence of women and men in horizontal and vertical organizational dimensions, symbols and discourses that construct gender need to be analysed. Interactions between women and men enacting dominance and subordination, individual identity and personal thoughts about fitting into a certain context are also qualitative aspects which together with a quantitative pattern can give a comprehensive evaluation of gendered power relations (Acker, 1992, 1990; Connell, 2002).

Public Value Management (Moore, 1995, 2013) is an alternative which can be interpreted as a concept for management control meeting the challenges that New Public Management never could handle. There is no consensus regarding the definition of Public Value. Such an ambiguity can turn out to be a strength, since there are no ready-made facts to take for granted. Hence the administration needs to listen to and discuss together with various actors before decisions are taken regarding societal changes.

This paper discusses the case of gender mainstreaming in the Swedish transport sector which has been on the agenda for over two decades. The Swedish government is now scrutinizing the unintended effects of New Public Management. At the same time, the Swedish Transport Administration has ordered a shift from identification with the building of infrastructure to the broader role as a societal developer. These developments have brought about new questions concerning the policy goal of a Gender equal transport system.

Evidence stems from consecutive, longitudinal qualitative research projects conducted with an interpretive approach by means of close reading of documents, interviews and observations (Alvesson & Sköldberg, 2018).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Gender mainstreaming, management control, public sector, transport sector, New Public Management, Public Value Management
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168211OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168211DiVA, id: diva2:1307075
Conference
IRSPM 2019 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, April 16-18, 2019
Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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