Do social movements and left parties influence public policy and global governance? Do they improve policy outcomes, and/or make them more progressive? I answer these questions by focussing on the area of gender and public policy. My most recent, co-authored work is a global comparative study of gender and public policy in the family, workplace and dealing with violence against women and reproductive rights. Another current project looks at informal institutions and intersectionality as ways to add depth to our understanding of policy processes and theory. My current work examines transnational social movements using twitter data to map the relationships between activists and to answer questions about diversity and inclusion.
||This paper identifies and describes two new norm-based strategies for institutional change to address intractable social problems. In both strategies, advocates “foreground” and criticize norms supporting the institutional status quo before either promoting an alternative existing norm via normative reframing of the issue, or creating and promoting an entirely new norm via normative innovation to build support for new institutional arrangements. Drawing on examples of institutional change addressing the problems of climate change and violence against women, the analysis illustrates how these strategies are especially effective in the face of opposition from vested interests or problematic existing norms.|
Social Policy SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN