How to Resist Austerity: the Case of the Gender Budgeting Strategy in Andalusia

Vanessa Puig-Barrachina, Marisol E. Ruiz, María del Mar García-Calvente, Davide Malmusi, Esther Sánchez, Lluís Camprubí, Carles Muntaner, Imma Cortès-Franch, Lucía Artazcoz, Carme Borrell

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Abstract

While most countries have imposed austerity policies that risk jeopardizing the progress towards gender equality, there are examples of European regions that have maintained or strengthened gender-equality policies in a climate of economic downturn. Following a realist approach and adopting Kingdon's agenda-setting model as our framework, this explanatory case study examines how, why and under which circumstances the gender budgeting strategy has resisted austerity measures. This strategy represents a key tool for gender mainstreaming in Andalusia, a southern region of Spain. Results have shown that the existence of a strong left-wing government is a necessary context for the maintenance of gender equality policies. The feasibility given by the previous context of institutionalization of this strategy and its low cost, together with political commitment — with a decisive contribution from female leadership — have been the major factors allowing the maintenance of the gender budgeting strategy in Andalusia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-55
Number of pages22
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Andalusia
  • austerity measures
  • gender budgeting
  • gender mainstreaming
  • public policies assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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