Bridging rhetoric and practice: new perspectives on barriers to gendered change

Rosalind Cavaghan

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This article presents a new methodology, Gender Knowledge Contestation Analysis, and uses it to examine the processes
under way when transformative gender equality policies, such
as gender mainstreaming are implemented. Drawing on data
gathered in the European Commission, the findings show the
processes linking high-level rhetorical policy statements, strategic
policies, and daily working practices. This analysis enables
exploration of the mechanisms through which indifference to
and nonawareness of gendered policy problems are collectively
constituted and methods through which they can be
challenged. Findings thus deepen our understanding of barriers
to the implementation of gender mainstreaming and the
steps required for its effective implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-63
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Women, Politics and Policy
Issue number1
Early online date20 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017


  • gender; gender mainstreaming; gender knowledge; policy analysis; EU


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