Policy frames and implementation problems:
The case of gender mainstreeming
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Nijmegen School of Management / University of Nijmegen / The Netherlands

Research Team:

Mieke Verloo
Research and Project Manager
Petra Meier
Senior Researcher
Jacintha van Beveren
Senior Researcher
Ilse van Lamoen
Junior Researcher
Yvette Jeuken
Junior Researcher
Marjolein Paantjens
Junior Researcher

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The University of Nijmegen is one of the nine general Dutch universities. The Nijmegen School of Management is its most recent faculty, established in 1988, and offering a unique multi-disciplinary setting for research and academic education. Research and education at the faculty are geared towards problems of policy making and organisational management in the public and market sectors. Its combination of business administration, economics, public administration, political science, spatial planning and geography and environmental sciences is unique and covers the complementary spheres of public and private management. The research is focused on problems of policy innovation and innovation management. The Nijmegen School of Management is truly a centre for expertise for problems of organisation and policy making in the public and private sector.

The Department of Political Science is part of the Nijmegen School of Management. The research in this department has a strong focus on Comparative Politics. Political and institutional conditions of political change and reform have been studied for welfare state reform, with special reference to the European dimension of social policy development. Another line of comparative research has studied changing gender relations as a source of political change. Gender mainstreaming policies in different European countries and welfare state change have been another major focus. Research in this area focuses on:

  • The development of gender equality policies in the EU (1955-1992) and the implementation in four member states (France, Germany, Great-Britain and the Netherlands)
  • The introduction and elaboration of gender mainstreaming in relation to shifts in governance

The Centre for Women's Studies at the University of Nijmegen celebrated its 15th birthday in 2000 and is a lively centre of education and research on women and gender. A full professor, one associate professor and over ten other university lecturers teach within several disciplines (anthropology, arts, history, pedagogics, philosophy, psychology, theology, law, lesbian and gay studies, medicine, political sciences, business management and physical planning). The research in Nijmegen, brought together in a programme called "Identities in change. Cultural definitions of gender", has been rated as the most excellent in the Netherlands. The Centre offers about 25 courses in six Departments and organises lectures and symposia, gives place to a documentation centre on women's studies and equality policies and publishes a newsletter called "Raffia".

Since the 90s, the Centre has been co-ordinating WINGS, a Socrates (formerly Erasmus) network on gender studies, currently with Aarhus, Barcelona, Lancaster, Leuven, Torino and Antwerp. The Centre participates in and contributes to the NOV, The Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies, NOISE, Network of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies in Europe, and AIOEFE, Association of Institutions for Feminist Education and Research in Europe.

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