When Class Trumps Sex: The Social Democratic Intra-Party Struggle Over Extending Parental Leave Quotas in Sweden
2015 (English)In: Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, ISSN 1072-4745, E-ISSN 1468-2893, Vol. 23, no 2, 169-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
One challenge within gender and politics literature is understanding the circumstances under which gender equality policies are adopted. This article analyzes a “failed” case of adoption in a gender-progressive setting: the Swedish Social Democrats' failure in 2005 to reform parental leave legislation by extending the quota for each parent. The analysis builds on interviews with high-ranked party representatives—both advocates and opponents of the reform. We identify tensions between proponents' gender concerns and opponents' class-based interests and suggest that left-oriented parties are unlikely to adopt gender equality policies when competing class interests coincide with veto players' short-term electoral goals.
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2015. Vol. 23, no 2, 169-191 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272657DOI: 10.1093/sp/jxv017ISI: 000381270800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-272657DiVA: diva2:894518
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