Power Struggles in the Implementation of Gender Equality Policies: The Politics of Resistance and Counter-resistance in Universities

Autor principal:
Emanuela Lombardo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Tania Verge Mestre (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Rebecca Tildesley (Universidad Complutense Madrid)
Sesión 7, Sesión 7
Día: viernes, 9 de julio de 2021
Hora: 09:00 a 10:45
Lugar: Online

This article develops an analytical framework to study the power struggles between status quo and gender equality actors underpinning the implementation of gender equality policies. While resistance to gender equality policies in different institutions has received considerable scholarly attention, examining this struggle in light of a multi-sided concept of power that encompasses both domination and individual and collective empowerment, we argue, offers a more accurate account of the possibilities of a feminist politics of implementation. Our analytical framework also accounts for the factors that enable resistance by dominant actors and counter-resistance by gender equality actors and the informal rules that are being upheld or challenged, respectively. Applying our framework to the study of Spanish universities, we identify both the forms and types of resistance that hinder gender reform efforts in higher education institutions and the counter-action strategies that seek to drive implementation forward and achieve institutional change.

Palabras clave: gender equality policy, implementation, power, resistances, counter-resistances, universities, feminist policy studies, feminist institutionalism.