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The market for gender-equality expertise: providing services to public and private organisations in France

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This article analyses the rise and functioning of the professional gender-equality consulting market in France on the basis of 63 interviews, participant observation and document review. It first examines the socio-historical process of creating the market and highlights the role of public action. It then investigates the market structure and reveals a division between two ideal-typical segments, before presenting some overlaps and circulations between them. It finally discusses existing power relations within the market and ambivalent public regulation, arguing that weak state commitment and low social pressure hinder the potential for transformative change brought about by gender-equality consulting.
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Keywords: CONSULTING; EXPERTISE; GENDER EQUALITY; PUBLIC ACTION; SERVICES MARKET; TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2019

This article was made available online on January 28, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "The market for gender-equality expertise: providing services to public and private organisations in France".

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  • The European Journal of Politics and Gender (EJPG) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes international, cutting-edge research in the broad field of politics and gender. EJPG is the flagship journal of the European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG).

    EJPG is firmly embedded in global politics and gender scholarship, its scope is not limited to Europe. EJPG aims to advance gender and politics research in all its diversity. To this end it publishes Research Articles in the wide field of gender and politics, including a variety of geographical and thematic foci, methods and epistemological traditions. Contributions may rely on single-country case studies as much as cross-national comparative work or theoretical debates. The core criterion for publication is innovation and rigorous argumentation. Articles must have a clear ?take home message.'

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