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The Gendered Leeway: Male Privilege, Internal and External Mandates, and Gender Equality Policy Change
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
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.

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2018. Vol. 6, no 4, p. 576-592
Keywords [en]
Gender equality, policy, men, masculinities, substantive representation, internal mandate, external mandate, feminist institutionalism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-314938DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2016.1229627ISI: 000449778500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-314938DiVA, id: diva2:1072245
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“So far, no further? Gender equality initiatives on the Swedish labor market”
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1350Available from: 2017-02-07 Created: 2017-02-07 Last updated: 2019-01-23Bibliographically approved

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