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Hanna Ylöstalo

PdD (Gender Studies), University of Tampere

Room 327

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358-(0)2941 22403
Email hanna.ylostalo (AT) helsinki.fi




Research interests

  • Gender equality policy
  • Feminist economics
  • Political economy
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Current research

Missing "Plan F" - A Battle between Knowledge, Economy and Equality in the Changing Welfare State

Why did gender equality vanish from the policy agenda in the moment when the austerity policy is about to cause a backlash in gender equality in Finland, one of the most gender-equal countries in the world? The research begins with a hypothesis: in Finland, at present, there is an intensification of changes taking place that the welfare state has been going through since the 1980s. The current reform of the state is taking place along the lines of strategic governance. The latter is a form of managerial practice in which economic imperatives and evidence seemingly replace ideological concerns in policymaking. This research aims to find out what the terms and conditions for gender equality and equality policy in the “strategic state” are. In addition to facilitating the adoption of austerity measures the strategic governance reform has de-democratized policy making and
helped to push gender equality off the political agenda. The key processes that are analyzed are economization, marketization and de-democratization.