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Policy Paradigms and translation: shifting scales and places

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-35
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Issue number1
Early online date4 Mar 2014
DateAccepted/In press - 13 Jan 2014
DateE-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2014
DatePublished (current) - 2014


The growing influence of transnational process, institutions and policy communities has contributed to the emergence of a global public policy that is distinct (although not separate) from the national process of policy-making. In this context gender equality and gender mainstreaming have become dominant policy and political narratives for addressing gender injustice. The focus of this paper is on developing the conceptual and theoretical links between global policy paradigms and gender equality and incorporating multi-scalarity, translation and disjuncture into our understanding of the ways in which policies are made, processed and enacted. The discussion begins by extending Hall's concept of policy paradigm as a nationally bounded entity and highlighting the transnational processes and institutions contributing to the emergence of a global policy paradigm and global policy space. It then goes on to highlight the fluidity of policy paradigms and the importance of moving beyond the focus on techno-managerial “order” as the essence of the policy paradigm and indicators of change and instead to bring into sharper focus disjuncture and tensions.


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