The civil service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition: where have the critical feminist actors gone?

Fitzpatrick, Daniel and Richards, David (2019). The civil service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition: where have the critical feminist actors gone? British Politics, 14 (2), pp. 198-222.

Abstract

This article examines the patterns of gender representation in the UK Civil Service to interrogate the claim that there was a regressive change in the proportion of women in the most senior grades of Whitehall under the UK Coalition Government (2010-15). It does so by analysing both quantitative data covering civil service employment patterns during the Coalition years, complemented by new, primary qualitative data drawn from interviews conducted by the authors. The article presents an original explanation of these shifting patterns, emphasising the crucial role of ‘critical feminist actors’ in driving forward gender equality and diversity agendas in Whitehall. It concludes by highlighting dilemmas and risks involved in this agency-based approach to equality and diversity, which relies on the personal drive and commitment of key, senior actors; and at the same time is subject to the vicissitudes of change in personnel and political environment.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41293-019-00106-7
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Austerity,Coalition government,Gender diversity,Representative bureaucracy,UK civil service,History,Sociology and Political Science,Political Science and International Relations
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Published Online Date: 2019-04-02
Published Date: 2019-06-01
Authors: Fitzpatrick, Daniel ( 0000-0002-7044-0103)
Richards, David

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