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The Masks of the Political God by Luca Ozzano

Swiss Gender Equality Policy in Context

Policy Analysis
Social Policy
Domestic Politics
Policy Implementation
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Gesine Fuchs
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Panel Co-Chair
Lea Sgier
University of Geneva
Panel Discussant
Eva Maria Hinterhuber
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

08/06/2017 14:30 - 16:15
Building: Géopolis Floor: 2 Room: 2208
In some respects, Switzerland is an exception in Western Europe when it comes to gender relations: late and contested female enfranchisment (1971), conservative social division of labour between men and women, late and frugal maternity leave. In other respects, however, Switzerland is situated around the European average, like in terms of women’s political representation or with regards to female employment rates.
This panel explores the exceptionalism thesis and aims to situate ECPG’s 2017 host country in the context of European democracies and thus provide a deeper understanding of the chances for progressive gender equality policies.. The contributions of the panel will explore how the specific features of the Swiss political system – such as strong cooperative federalism, consensus democracy, the federal structure, or recent transformations of the liberal-conservative Swiss welfare regime – have impacted gender relevant policies and politics. Policies covered include Women’s Policy Agencies, equal opportunity policies, parental leave regimes and political participation.

Paper List

Title Details
Gender Inequalities in Lone Parenthood: The Swiss Case View Paper Details
Pathways to Power: Women in Swiss Institutional Politics View Paper Details
The Economic Benefit Discourse in the Swiss Policy for Gender Equality in the Workplace View Paper Details
The Swiss Leave Scheme at Crossroads: Parental- and Paternity-Leave Policy Proposals and their Implications for Gender Equality View Paper Details
Women’s Policy Agencies in Switzerland: Institutional Potential and Political Conflict View Paper Details
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