Gender, Institutions and Governance

Room: 
City Hall - John Barbirolli Room
Time Slot: 
Monday 30th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Jennifer Thomson (University of Bath)
  • Dr Fran Amery (University of Bath)
  • Ms Sue Regan (Northumbria University)
  • Dr Kirsten Haack (Northumbria University)

This panel, organized by the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group, assesses the interplay between gender and institutions at different levels of governance. In recent years, feminist political science has sought to uncover the ways in which institutional context can help or hinder women’s representation, women’s movement activism, and gendered policy change. This panel further explore these questions, asking how institutions facilitate or hinder change at different levels. It begins with an assessment of the impact international institutions may have on domestic politics (Jennifer Thomson) before exploring the differential impact of different domestic institutions (Fran Amery). The final paper explores the interplay between gender and local institutions (Sue Regan). Together, these papers provide fresh insights into the complex relationship between institutions, gender and policy, as well as assessments of the prospects for gender-based activism in different settings.