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Presenting Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives

Rowman & Littlefield International have launched a new series – Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives – which seeks to publish cutting-edge work on gender and political institutions. Edited by Fiona Mackay, Elin Bjarnegård and Meryl Kenny – and launched in partnership with the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) – this series represents the ‘next stage’ of development of Feminist Institutionalism.

According to new institutionalist scholars, institutions – the formal and informal ‘rules of the game’ – shape politics and political outcomes. Feminist political scientists, applying a gendered lens, illuminate the ways in which political institutions are gendered, and the processes by which particular gendered patterns of power are replicated or challenged. There has never been a more pressing time to expose, understand and explain the dynamics of gendered power inequalities in public and political life. So, how do feminists challenge and change global and local institutions of governance, security, development and justice?

Our new series, Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives, is animated by questions such as how and why do seemingly neutral rules (such as constitutions, peace agreements and laws) and institutions (such as parliaments, courts and international organisations) continue to affect the daily lives of women and men, and different groups of women and men, differently? Why do institutions often reproduce or exacerbate patterns of disadvantage and discrimination, even when formally espousing ideals of equality? As well as seeking to expose the rules, norms and practices through which institutions produce gendered outcomes, it is also concerned with the potential for, and limits of, institutional innovation and reform in pursuit of gender equality, gender justice and the promotion of women’s human rights.

Launched in partnership with FIIN, Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives will publish leading work on gender and political institutions from around the world. We welcome manuscript submissions using feminist instutitutionalist approaches in all their diversity, ranging from rational choice to discursive paradigms, as well as those which combine elements from across the variants. Our series will cover single and comparative cases from the global North and global South, as well as the international system – and an important part of our agenda is to explore the interplay between the local and the global; the domestic and the international. Whilst the primary focus of the series is on gendered institutional analysis, we also welcome submissions which take an intersectional approach as well as interdisciplinary projects whose work on political institutions intersects with feminist institutionalism, including state feminist approaches and feminist critical frame analysis.

The aims of the Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives series are:

• To provide a ‘home’ and ‘brand’ for Feminist Institutionalism as a distinctive approach to politics; and for feminist institutionalist scholars as an emerging intellectual community

• To consolidate, refine and advance core concepts and theory building, facilitating the development of feminist institutionalism in the academy including its incorporation into undergraduate, Masters and doctoral training

• To showcase book-length studies that apply feminist institutionalism in single case studies and comparatively

• To bring together the very best work in the field, primarily, but not exclusively, by early career scholars including those beyond the global North

• To promote dialogue with wider academic and engaged practitioner communities by providing a bridge between feminist institutionalist work and ‘non-feminist’ political science, and between feminist institutionalism and feminist scholarship in law, organisational studies, sociology and beyond.

Series Editors:
Professor Fiona Mackay, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Elin Bjarnegård, Uppsala University
Dr. Meryl Kenny, University of Leicester

For further information on the series, please visit:


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