Old Wine in a New Bottle? – Interpreting Gender Mainstreaming in a Municipal Reorganisation

Authors

  • Sara Svedenmark Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University
  • Malin Bolin Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University
  • Sara Nyhlén Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University

Keywords:

gender mainstreaming, reorganisation, local governance, critical studies

Abstract

Gender mainstreaming (GM) has been on the agenda of organisations at various levels in Sweden and worldwide since the 1990s. Research has shown that GM is difficult to apply and has yet to be clearly defined, and additionally that organisations are uncertain about how to implement it. Research also suggests that the dominance of the new public management (NPM) approach within organisations has made GM work more challenging. In this article, we examine GM in a medium-sized Swedish municipality that is reorganising itself to become gender mainstreamed while introducing trust-based governance (TBG). This municipality provides a unique opportunity to study how GM is constructed in a municipality at the intersection of NPM and TBG. Applying a critical perspective, this article analyses documents from reorganisation based on Bacchi’s (2009) policy analysis. The results demonstrate that GM is mainly translated into TBG-inspired practices and that efficiency becomes an overarching concept that entangles GM, TBG and NPM. GM becomes part of cultural change together with TBG, while NPM maintains its dominance in the structural change of the organisation.

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Author Biographies

Sara Svedenmark, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University

Sara Svedenmark is a PhD Student in Political Science at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Mid Sweden University, Sweden.

Malin Bolin, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University

Malin Bolin is a PhD in Sociology, Departement of Humanities and Social Sciences at Mid Sweden University, Sweden.

 

Sara Nyhlén, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University

Sara Nyhlén is a PhD in Political Science, Departement of Humanities and Social Sciences at Mid Sweden University, Sweden.

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Published

2022-12-15

How to Cite

Svedenmark, S., Bolin, M., & Nyhlén, S. (2022). Old Wine in a New Bottle? – Interpreting Gender Mainstreaming in a Municipal Reorganisation. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 26(4), 73–90. Retrieved from https://publicera.kb.se/sjpa/article/view/10585

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