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Gender Mainstreaming in Transportation: Impact of Management Control
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business. (Akademin för ekonomistyrning i staten / Performance Management in Central Government)
2011 (English)In: Women's Issues in Transportation: Summary of the 4th International Conference, Washington: TRB , 2011, 264-275 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In international surveys, Sweden is considered to be the locus classicus for gender mainstreaming. At a macro level, the picture is clear, as government directives include specific goals for gender equality and the expectation that public agencies will mainstream gender into their core business. At a micro level, the situation is more complex. Formal governance meets with gendered norms and cultures that are equally strong, but informal, driving forces among civil servants. The question raised here is how the management control system functions under the pressure of mainstreaming gender. With an interpretive approach, research has been conducted to disclose constructions that tend to enable or to hamper gender equality in the practice of management control at a micro level. The evidence stems from a case study of the Swedish Road Administration and the Swedish National Rail Administration. Interviews, observations of meetings, and close reading of documents furnish this paper with data covering the years 2002–2007 with regard to a policy goal of a gender-equal transport system. Applying a gender perspective together with a sociological institutional perspective makes gendered rules, norms, and culture visible. The results show how management control is involved in integration of gender by assimilation and by decoupling, obstructing transformative gender mainstreaming. The administration is busy keeping up the appearance of fulfilling the goal, legitimizing its activities by reporting relative fulfillment in accordance with the rules of the control system, regardless of the relevance connected to the norms of gender equality. The management control system perpetuates a culture in which reliability lies in measurability; therefore, the goal of gender equality results in a quantitative perspective on women and men instead of a qualitative gender perspective on the transport system.

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Washington: TRB , 2011. 264-275 p.
, Transportation Research Board Special Report, ISSN 1073-1652 ; 46, Volume 2
Keyword [en]
management control, gender mainstreaming
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48297ISBN: 978-0-309-16083-4OAI: diva2:375025
4th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation, October 27-30, 2009, Irvine California, United States
Available from: 2011-07-13 Created: 2010-12-07 Last updated: 2011-07-13Bibliographically approved

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