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Policy analysis in Taiwan$
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Yu-Ying Kuo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308300

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308300.001.0001

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Gendering policy analysis? The problems and pitfalls of participatory ‘gender impact assessment’

Gendering policy analysis? The problems and pitfalls of participatory ‘gender impact assessment’

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Policy analysis in Taiwan
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Yen-Wen Peng

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308300.003.0006

Gender mainstreaming has become a popular innovation to promote gender equality among cross-national governments. It creates initiatives and tools for feminists and women’s movement activists to participate and collaborate with governmental bureaucrats in the policy making processes. Since 2008, all legislation and mid- or long-term policies and programs in Taiwan are required to conduct Gender Impact Assessment (GIA) at the planning stage, to assess their different implications for women and men. This initiative is seen by some feminists as a direct channel to engage and influence the bureaucrats as well as the policies. Yet there is worry about feminists being co-opted by the neoliberal technocratic state. This chapter reviews the experiences of implementing GIA in Taiwan and addresses the above-mentioned concerns. The author summarizes five problems found in the current practice of GIA, and further reflects the pitfalls of this novel participatory approach to launch governmental reforms given the managerialist framework. The paper concludes by emphasizing the crucial role of oppositional women’s movements.

Keywords:   gender mainstreaming, gender impact assessment, collaboration, technocratization, managerialism

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