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Author:
Wide, Jessika (Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science)
Title:
Regeringsformen och jämställdheten: En granskning av könsperspektivet i Grundlagsutredningen
Department:
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science
Publication type:
Article in journal (Refereed)
Language:
Swedish
Place of publ.: Lund Publisher: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen
Status:
Published
In:
Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift(ISSN 0039-0747)
Volume:
113
Issue:
3
Pages:
313-330
Year of publ.:
2011
URI:
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50198
Permanent link:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50198
Subject category:
Political Science
Gender Studies
Research subject:
statskunskap
Abstract(en) :

The Swedish Committee on Constitutional Reform worked during the period 2004-2008. It was assigned to conduct a comprehensive review of the Instrument of Government, the fundamental law which regulates the governing of Sweden. A gender researcher was engaged by the Committee to make an analysis of the Instrument of Government and to propose necessary changes. In the end nothing was changed in the content of the law; instead the main the main result was the adoption of a gender-neutral language. In this article I show that that gender was basically a non-issue in the Committee. There are two main explanations for this. First, gender is the basis of a hierarchical power structure in society. Issues of gender tend to be seen as deviant and not prioritized. Thus, gender is not easily formulated as a constitutional rule. Second, the Swedish tradition of constitutional minimalism makes it difficult to incorporate new issues in the constitution, as this violates institutionalized norms and traditions. 

Research funder:
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2007-0370:1-E
Available from:
2011-11-29
Created:
2011-11-29
Last updated:
2012-01-16
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