Effets directs et indirects du fédéralisme sur les politiques en matière d'égalité entre les femmes et les hommes – Perspectives venues de la Suisse

Beyeler, Michelle (2014). Effets directs et indirects du fédéralisme sur les politiques en matière d'égalité entre les femmes et les hommes – Perspectives venues de la Suisse Fédéralisme Régionalisme [En ligne], 14 Université de Liège

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This article discusses how different institutional features of the Swiss federalist system, i.e. the second chamber in parliament, the cantonal veto in direct democratic decisions as well as the principle of cantonal autonomy influence the development of gender equality policies. It is argued that federalist decision-making rules are only rarely the direct reason for delayed or blocked policy proposals seeking more gender equality. More relevant for explaining policy development are the hidden effects of powerful informal rules, i.e. the non-mobilization of certain political claims because these norms are firmly internalized by societal actors. Federalism indirectly contributes to this hidden power of informal institutions, since cantonal autonomy reduces the opportunities for strong and united mobilization challenging such norms. (published in french - unpublished English version available)

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Social Work > Social Security focus area

Name:

Beyeler, Michelle0000-0001-9988-9265 and
Meier, Petra

Subjects:

H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)

ISSN:

1374-3864

Series:

Fédéralisme Régionalisme [En ligne]

Publisher:

Université de Liège

Language:

French

Submitter:

Michelle Beyeler

Date Deposited:

15 Apr 2020 11:50

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:29

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.10044

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/10044

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