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The Power of Gender Perspectives: Feminist Influence on Policy Paradigms

Abstract : Feminist scholarship changed the study of welfare states; influential policy experts have taken off from the feminist critique, incorporating it as they crafted their own social investment strategy, (mis-)translating (and transforming) feminist arguments into an economic rationale. Social science mattered as well: it helped to create a new policy paradigm that is influential across a number of political spaces. Public policy analysis thus needs to pay attention to intellectual processes, emphasizing the role of knowledge in politics; in policy-making, there is puzzling, not only powering. But nobody masters her ideas, or her political actions: actors can deploy “frames,” or discourses, but cannot control what happens to them politically.
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Ann S Orloff, Bruno Palier. The Power of Gender Perspectives: Feminist Influence on Policy Paradigms. Social politics, 2009, 16 (4), pp.405 - 412. ⟨hal-02186629⟩

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