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IDS Bulletin 41(2)

Subversively Accommodating: Feminist Bureaucrats and Gender Mainstreaming

Published on 1 March 2010

Is it possible to secure the desired policy action ‘infusing’ gender into existing ways of doing and organising things – and by so doing to incrementally secure real gains for women? Or will transformative policies for women’s empowerment only be achieved through discursive and organisational transformation? But can the two be separated so neatly? Are there possibly unpredictable effects when feminist policy actors are on the one hand committed to changing discourse and power relations while on the other hand acting pragmatically to secure small instrumental changes?

Taking international development organisations as the field of analysis, this article examines assumptions about policy change as a pathway of women’s empowerment and goes on to explore a shift from a focus on institutional capability to one on actors and agency, and on strategies, tactics and manoeuvres.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 41.2 (2010) Subversively Accommodating: Feminist Bureaucrats and Gender Mainstreaming

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Eyben, R. (2010) Subversively Accommodating: Feminist Bureaucrats and Gender Mainstreaming. IDS Bulletin 41(2): 54-61

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Rosalind Eyben

Emeritus Fellow

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Rosalind Eyben

Emeritus Fellow

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published by
IDS
authors
Eyben, Rosalind
editors
Cornwall, A. and Edwards, J.
journal
IDS Bulletin, volume 41, issue 2
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2010.00123.x
language
English

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