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Vägen till heltid: Om institutionell förändring i kommunal jämställdhetspolitik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Road to Fulltime : Institutional Change in Local Gender Equality Politics (English)
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this thesis is to analyze why or why not Swedish municipalities implement the gender equality policy – ”right to work fulltime”. In order to understand this institutional change, the analysis is based on a theoretical framework consisting of two fields: political representation and feminist institutionalism. The study is divided into two empirical inquiries. The first part is based on a quantitative survey that describes the casual relationship between two independent variables; women´s political representation and party ideology, and the dependent variable; political decision about “right to work fulltime”. The findings are that women´s representation does not explain the existence of political decision. Rather, political ideology has a higher explanatory factor. The second inquiry is divided into two single-case studies; Nynäshamn, a municipality that has implemented the policy, and Eskilstuna, that failed the implementation process. Four theoretical concepts are developed and one analytical model is used to understand institutional change in these cases. The study concludes that in order to understand the implementation process in these municipalities, local and contextual institutions must be emphasized; both formal and informal institutions need to be in favor for the agents promoting change. However, to fully understand these processes, focus should be directed towards the ways in which gendered power relations shape the construction of new institutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
right to work fulltime, gender equality politics, local politics, feminist institutionalism, institutional change, mixed-metod approach
Keyword [sv]
Rätt till heltid, jämställdhetspolitik, kommunpolitik, feministisk institutionalism, institutionell förändring, mixed-metod ansats
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86926OAI: diva2:599767
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-22Bibliographically approved

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