Why Analysis of Gender Equality Policy Should Pay Attention to Risk

The Case of Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy in England

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Policy strategies for managing risk are now well-established in British social policy. These strategies are highly individualized, placing emphasis on the capacity of individuals to mitigate risk in their everyday lives. Further, the paper argues that the dominance of individualized risk governance agendas has serious implications for the design of equality initiatives. Through a case study of sexual and reproductive health policy in England, the paper demonstrates that risk governance has the potential to ‘shrink’ the meaning of equality by institutionalising a narrow, individualized definition of ‘equality’ in policy, and ‘bend’ equality initiatives to fit a broader neoliberal policy agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberjxy026
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Politics
Early online date14 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Nov 2018

Fingerprint

health policy
equality
gender
governance
everyday life

Keywords

  • gender equality
  • Resilience
  • Public Policy

Cite this

@article{06b05ae756404a70a92c564cb4305ff8,
title = "Why Analysis of Gender Equality Policy Should Pay Attention to Risk: The Case of Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy in England",
abstract = "Policy strategies for managing risk are now well-established in British social policy. These strategies are highly individualized, placing emphasis on the capacity of individuals to mitigate risk in their everyday lives. Further, the paper argues that the dominance of individualized risk governance agendas has serious implications for the design of equality initiatives. Through a case study of sexual and reproductive health policy in England, the paper demonstrates that risk governance has the potential to ‘shrink’ the meaning of equality by institutionalising a narrow, individualized definition of ‘equality’ in policy, and ‘bend’ equality initiatives to fit a broader neoliberal policy agenda.",
keywords = "gender equality , Resilience, Public Policy",
author = "Frances Amery",
year = "2018",
month = "11",
day = "14",
doi = "10.1093/sp/jxy026",
language = "English",
pages = "1--23",
journal = "Social Politics",
issn = "1072-4745",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Why Analysis of Gender Equality Policy Should Pay Attention to Risk

T2 - The Case of Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy in England

AU - Amery, Frances

PY - 2018/11/14

Y1 - 2018/11/14

N2 - Policy strategies for managing risk are now well-established in British social policy. These strategies are highly individualized, placing emphasis on the capacity of individuals to mitigate risk in their everyday lives. Further, the paper argues that the dominance of individualized risk governance agendas has serious implications for the design of equality initiatives. Through a case study of sexual and reproductive health policy in England, the paper demonstrates that risk governance has the potential to ‘shrink’ the meaning of equality by institutionalising a narrow, individualized definition of ‘equality’ in policy, and ‘bend’ equality initiatives to fit a broader neoliberal policy agenda.

AB - Policy strategies for managing risk are now well-established in British social policy. These strategies are highly individualized, placing emphasis on the capacity of individuals to mitigate risk in their everyday lives. Further, the paper argues that the dominance of individualized risk governance agendas has serious implications for the design of equality initiatives. Through a case study of sexual and reproductive health policy in England, the paper demonstrates that risk governance has the potential to ‘shrink’ the meaning of equality by institutionalising a narrow, individualized definition of ‘equality’ in policy, and ‘bend’ equality initiatives to fit a broader neoliberal policy agenda.

KW - gender equality

KW - Resilience

KW - Public Policy

U2 - 10.1093/sp/jxy026

DO - 10.1093/sp/jxy026

M3 - Article

SP - 1

EP - 23

JO - Social Politics

JF - Social Politics

SN - 1072-4745

M1 - jxy026

ER -