Reversing gender policy progress: patterns of backsliding in Central and Eastern European new democracies.

TitleReversing gender policy progress: patterns of backsliding in Central and Eastern European new democracies.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsConny, Roggeband, and Krizsan Andrea
Journal titleEuropean Journal of Politics and Gender
Year2018
Pages367-385
Volume1
Issue3
Abstract

Gender and politics literature has a strong focus on policy progress and the conditions that facilitate progressive change. Yet, increased opposition to gender equality makes it urgent to examine if and how current attacks affect existing gender-equality policies and institutions. We develop a conceptual framework to map patterns of backsliding of gender-equality policies. Empirically, we focus on Central and Eastern Europe as a notable example of backsliding. We find that rather than the direct dismantling of gender-equality policies, the core dimensions challenged by processes of backsliding are implementation and accountability. We argue that backsliding affects the legitimacy and effectiveness of existing laws and undermines democracy.

LanguageEnglish
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1332/251510818X15311219732356
Publisher linkhttps://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bup/ejpg/2018/00000001/00000003/art00005;jsessionid=kihgr1894hd6.x-ic-live-03
Unit: 
Center for Policy Studies (CPS)
School of Public Policy (SPP)