Presented by Amy Sanders
This study broadens feminist institutionalism to a multi-strand equalities analysis by examining how the potential for intersectional practices in policymaking are shaped by an institution. Intersectionality recognises the interwoven nature of equalities categories (Crenshaw 1991). Methods for integrating intersectionality within policy development practices are undertheorised and there is a paucity of empirical work, which this study seeks to address. Feminist institutionalism is concerned with how equalities goals are both promoted and constrained by an institution (Mackay and Krook 2011). This adapted feminist institutionalist lens allows a consideration of how the formal institutional structures and information institutional norms and discourses shape the potential for applied intersectionality. Consideration is made of the extent different forms of intersectionality are enabled or constrained by a governance institution that engages equalities organisations in policymaking. Empirical data is drawn from the case study of the Third Sector-Welsh Government Partnership with a focus on how equalities organisations have engaged with this Partnership. Findings provide insights on how institutional structures and practices can be adapted to promote intersectionality in policymaking.
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