ECPR Standing Group/External
University of Lausanne, ECPG Conference
8 - 10 June 2017




Swiss Gender Equality Policy in Context

Domestic Politics
 
Family
 
Institutions
 
Policy Analysis
 
Policy Implementation
 
Social Policy
 
Panel Number
P089
Panel Chair
Gesine Fuchs
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Panel Co-Chair
Lea Sgier
Central European University
Panel Discussant
Eva Maria Hinterhuber
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Section: Local Panels
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Time
08/06/2017 14:30
Location
Building: Géopolis Floor: 2 Room: 2208
Abstract
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 
 
 
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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