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Bergqvist, Christina
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Bergqvist, C., Bjarnegård, E. & Zetterberg, P. (2018). A Feminist Opposition to Gender Equality?: Making Sense of the Social Democratic Party's Internal Struggle over Extending Parental-Leave Quotas in Sweden. In: Mieke Verloo (Ed.), Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe: . Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Feminist Opposition to Gender Equality?: Making Sense of the Social Democratic Party's Internal Struggle over Extending Parental-Leave Quotas in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe / [ed] Mieke Verloo, Routledge, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Series
Gender and Comparative Politics
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372421 (URN)978-1-138-64960-6 (ISBN)978-1-315-62574-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved
Bergqvist, C., Bjarnegård, E. & Zetterberg, P. (2018). The Gendered Leeway: Male Privilege, Internal and External Mandates, and Gender Equality Policy Change. Politics, Groups, and Identities, 6(4), 576-592
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Gendered Leeway: Male Privilege, Internal and External Mandates, and Gender Equality Policy Change
2018 (English)In: Politics, Groups, and Identities, ISSN 2156-5503, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 576-592Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the question of why male politicians continue to be relatively unlikely to act in favor of gender-equality policy change, despite the advances in gender equality in recent decades. Drawing together literature on men and masculinities, feminist institutionalism and women’s substantive representation, we present a theoretical argument in which we distinguish between an internal and an external mandate to push for genderequality policy change. We argue that both these mandates apply to female politicians but not to their male colleagues. As a consequence, a gendered leeway exists: men have more leeway than women in political maneuvering. We illustrate this argument by analyzing high-ranked party representatives within the selflabelled feminist Swedish Social Democratic Party. This article contributes theoretically to the launching of a research agenda on the role of men in processes of gender-equality policy adoption.

Keywords
Gender equality, policy, men, masculinities, substantive representation, internal mandate, external mandate, feminist institutionalism
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-314938 (URN)10.1080/21565503.2016.1229627 (DOI)000449778500003 ()
Projects
“So far, no further? Gender equality initiatives on the Swedish labor market”
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1350
Available from: 2017-02-07 Created: 2017-02-07 Last updated: 2019-01-23Bibliographically approved
Bergqvist, C. & Saxonberg, S. (2017). The State as a Norm-Builder?: The Take-up of Parental Leave in Norway and Sweden. Social Policy & Administration, 51(7), 1470-1487
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The State as a Norm-Builder?: The Take-up of Parental Leave in Norway and Sweden
2017 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 51, no 7, p. 1470-1487Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study shows that although Norway and Sweden have rather similar family policies, the seemingly small differences that exist reflect different national ideals of care, and these differences encourage parents to employ different gendered moral rationalities. However, Sweden's ideal of equal-sharing/professional care', encourages fathers to take longer leaves than the Norwegian ideal of partial sharing plus choosing between professional or parental care'. Given their different national ideals of caring, different gendered moral rationalities emerge. While in Norway the dominant gendered moral rationality among our interviewees is man-doing-his-duty', in Sweden two different rationalities arise: the breastfeeding-plus-sharing' rationality and the male-opt-out'. This conclusion is based on 60 interviews with mothers and fathers in Oslo and Stockholm.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WILEY, 2017
Keywords
Parental leave, Parental sharing, Family policies, Norms, Gender equality
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343569 (URN)10.1111/spol.12251 (DOI)000416163900027 ()
Available from: 2018-03-02 Created: 2018-03-02 Last updated: 2018-03-02Bibliographically approved
Mahon, R., Bergqvist, C. & Brennan, D. (2016). Social Policy Change: Work-family Tensions in Sweden, Australia and Canada. Social Policy & Administration, 50(2), 165-182
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social Policy Change: Work-family Tensions in Sweden, Australia and Canada
2016 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 50, no 2, p. 165-182Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The rise of the adult worker family norm across countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has created challenges for reconciling work and family life as the unpaid work of the female caregiver can no longer be assumed. The article compares childcare arrangements and maternity/parental leave programmes in Sweden, Australia and Canada that attempt to address these challenges. Sweden was an early innovator, establishing the gold standard' for such arrangements in the form of publicly funded, universally accessible, centre-based childcare and generously paid parental leave, including a daddy quota'. Yet policy development remains open to contestation and change even here. Australia and Canada have shown a preference for market-based solutions although each has taken steps towards Swedish style solutions. In particular, Canadian federalism has left space for such experiments at the provincial scale. The broader institutional arrangements embedded in each country have helped to shape the responses. Yet political contestation, enlivened by the transnational flow of ideas (and ideals), has played an important role in shaping the direction and velocity of change. In the first section we develop this argument, beginning with reflections on how to identify the significance of changes, then moving on to explore the role of institutions, actors and ideas in accounting for these developments. Subsequent sections examine developments first in Sweden then Australia and Canada.

Keywords
Gendered welfare regimes, Social investment, Parental leave, Childcare, Adult worker family, Social policy change
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282311 (URN)10.1111/spol.12209 (DOI)000371069100003 ()
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Bergqvist, C., Bjarnegård, E. & Zetterberg, P. (2013). Analyzing Failure, Understanding Success: A Research Strategy for Explaining Gender Equality Policy Adoption. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 21(4), 280-295
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Analyzing Failure, Understanding Success: A Research Strategy for Explaining Gender Equality Policy Adoption
2013 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 280-295Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the major challenges within feminist research is to understand the conditions under which gender equality policies are adopted. This article addresses the issue from a methodological point of view: it suggests that previous research on gender equality policy adoption has mostly focused on “successful” cases, and it presents a research strategy for systematically analysing opposition and “failed” attempts at gender equality policy adoption, that is, reform attempts that have not become laws or regulations. A closer analysis of failure is important for understanding success: we cannot be sure that the factors identified as conducive to gender equality reform are really missing in unsuccessful reform attempts unless we pay explicit attention to such attempts. The research strategy suggests three issues that should be addressed: (1) specify and select “unsuccessful” cases, (2) focus explicitly on resistance to the reform proposal, and (3) conduct a dynamic analysis of the strategies of proponents and opponents. We illustrate the research strategy by making use of a failed attempt at reform in the Swedish labour market: the individualization of the parental leave system.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214077 (URN)10.1080/08038740.2013.855661 (DOI)
Projects
Hit men inte längre? Om jämställdhetsinitiativ på svensk arbetsmarknad.
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2014-01-07 Created: 2014-01-07 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Mahon, R., Anttonen, A., Bergqvist, C., Brennan, D. & Hobson, B. (2012). Convergent care regimes?: Childcare arrangements in Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden. Journal of European Social Policy, 22(4), 419-431
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Convergent care regimes?: Childcare arrangements in Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden
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2012 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 419-431Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is about the transnational movement of policy discourses on childcare. It considers whether the spread of neoliberal ideas with their emphasis on marketisation, on the one hand, and a social investment discourse on the other, are leading to convergence in childcare arrangements in Nordic countries (Finland and Sweden) and liberal Anglo-Saxon countries (Australia and Canada). We find points of convergence around both themes at the level of policy discourse and continued diversity in the way these ideas are translated into actual policies. In other words, convergence is mediated by institutions and political realignments.

Keywords
childcare, neoliberalism, policy convergence, social investment, barnomsorg, förskola, nyliberalism, policy konvergens, sociala investeringar
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-183260 (URN)10.1177/0958928712449776 (DOI)
Projects
Vem tar hand om barnen. En jämförande studie av samspelet mellan politik och kultur för beslutsfattande i familjen
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2012-10-23 Created: 2012-10-23 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Bergqvist, C. (2011). The Nordic Countries (1ed.). In: Gretchen Bauer and Manon Tremblay (Ed.), Women in Executive Power: A global overview (pp. 157-170). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Nordic Countries
2011 (English)In: Women in Executive Power: A global overview / [ed] Gretchen Bauer and Manon Tremblay, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge , 2011, 1, p. 157-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2011 Edition: 1
Series
Routledge Research in Comparative Politics ; 38
Keywords
Gender, political representation, women in politics, executive power
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-151521 (URN)978-0-415-60380-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-04-13 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Sainsbury, D. & Bergqvist, C. (2009). The promise and pitfalls of gender mainstreaming: the Swedish case. International feminist journal of politics, 11(2), 216-234
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The promise and pitfalls of gender mainstreaming: the Swedish case
2009 (English)In: International feminist journal of politics, ISSN 1461-6742, E-ISSN 1468-4470, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 216-234Article 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.

Keywords
gender mainstreaming, gender equality, feminism, Sweden
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-131814 (URN)10.1080/14616740902789575 (DOI)000276688000004 ()
Projects
Gender, Actors and Politics (GAP)
Available from: 2010-10-07 Created: 2010-10-07 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Lindbom, A. & Bergqvist, C. (2008). Den svenska välfärdsstaten och den nyliberala utmaningen (The Swedish Welfare State and the Neo-liberal Challenge). In: Statsvetare ifrågasätter: Uppsalamiljön vid tiden för professorsskiftet den 31 mars 2008 (Political Scientists Call in Question. The Uppsala Environment at the Time of the Changing of Professors, March 31, 2008): . Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den svenska välfärdsstaten och den nyliberala utmaningen (The Swedish Welfare State and the Neo-liberal Challenge)
2008 (English)In: Statsvetare ifrågasätter: Uppsalamiljön vid tiden för professorsskiftet den 31 mars 2008 (Political Scientists Call in Question. The Uppsala Environment at the Time of the Changing of Professors, March 31, 2008), Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2008Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2008
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16475 (URN)978-91-554-7128-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-05-28 Created: 2008-05-28 Last updated: 2017-09-08Bibliographically approved
Bergqvist, C., Olsson Blandy, T. & Sainsbury, D. (2007). Swedish State Feminism: Continuity and Change. In: Johanna Kantola & Joyce Outshoor (Ed.), Changing State Feminism: . Palgrave Macmillan.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish State Feminism: Continuity and Change
2007 (English)In: Changing State Feminism / [ed] Johanna Kantola & Joyce Outshoor, Palgrave Macmillan. , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan., 2007
Keywords
gender, state feminism, women's movement
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-26649 (URN)9780230516618 (ISBN)
Projects
Research network on the state and gender
Available from: 2008-10-16 Created: 2008-10-16 Last updated: 2014-04-15Bibliographically approved
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