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The Promise and Pitfalls of Gender Mainstreaming: The Swedish Case
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Department of Government, Uppsala University.
2009 (English)In: International feminist journal of politics, ISSN 1461-6742, Vol. 11, no 2, 216-234 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines gender mainstreaming in Sweden, which is an interesting case because several favorable conditions make its implementation likely. It addresses two main questions: (1) to what extent has gender mainstreaming been implemented and (2) what are the consequences? The article first discusses the pros and cons of gender mainstreaming as reflected in the international feminist debate. It then briefly describes the favorable conditions of the Swedish case and subsequently maps out the introduction of gender mainstreaming since 1994, focusing on the process and its politics. It concludes with a discussion of the Swedish experience in terms of the promise and pitfalls of gender mainstreaming identified in the feminist debate and the implications of the Swedish case for feminist theorizing on gender mainstreaming.

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2009. Vol. 11, no 2, 216-234 p.
Keyword [en]
feminist theory, gender equality policies, gender mainstreaming, gender politics, Sweden
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28798ISI: 000276688000004OAI: diva2:226505
Available from: 2009-06-30 Created: 2009-06-30 Last updated: 2010-01-19Bibliographically approved

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