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PSRP Panel: Understanding the Role of Political Settlements in Shaping the Opportunities for Progressive Institutional Change in Conflict-to-Peace Transitions
April 3, 2017 - April 4, 2017
PSRP members have organised a panel at the conference ‘Gender, Institutions and Change: Feminist Institutionalism after 10 years’, April 3-4, 2017. The conference is part of the ERC-funded programme ‘Understanding Institutional Change: A Gender Perspective (UIC)’ at the University of Manchester.
Panellists and papers:
- Fiona Mackay, ‘New institutions, new gender rules? Emerging evidence from the ESRC-DfID Political Settlements Research Programme’
- Michelle Rouse, ‘Implementing the Good Friday Agreement: Understanding Institutional Change through Crisis and Attrition’
- Jessica Doyle, ‘Transforming responses to intimate partner violence in a post-conflict environment: The case of Northern Ireland’
- Pilar Domingo and Alina Rocha Menocal, ‘Institutional change, Gender Justice and Conflict in Colombia’
- Catherine O’Rourke, ‘International Law Norms for Gender Equality and Domestic Processes of Institutional Change: When and How the International May Matter’
Chair: Eilish Rooney, Ulster University
Understanding the Role of Political Settlements in Shaping the Opportunities for Progressive Institutional Change in Conflict-to-Peace Transitions
The panel draws together ongoing research and preliminary findings from the DFID-funded Political Settlements Research Programme, in order to explore how political settlements – elite level agreements about the exercise of power – can be leveraged analytically and practically to build more stable and gender-inclusive institutions. The panel will adopt an overt focus on institutional change in the context of conflict-to-peace transitions. The discussion will be informed by macro large-N analysis of peace agreement provision globally for institutional change (Mackay), small-N comparative case study analysis of the role of international legal norms for gender equality on domestic processes of institutional change (O’Rourke), and specific case study analysis of institutional change in Northern Ireland political institutions (Rouse) and criminal justice responses to gender-based violence (Doyle). The panel will also consider findings from the Development Leadership Programme on Colombia (Domingo and Rocha Menocal). The panel aims to advance a productive interface between FI and gendered political settlements analysis, by asking what an FI perspective can bring to political settlements, and what political settlements may bring to understanding gender and institutional change.
Photo: Ingmar Zahorsky