Convergence and divergence : the federalization of Belgian equality politicsConvergence and divergence : the federalization of Belgian equality politics
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Citizenship, Equality & Diversity (CED)
Regional and federal studies. - London, 1995, currens
21(2011):1, p. 55-71
University of Antwerp
The development of an asymmetrical federal structure profoundly changed the institutional setting for Belgian gender equality policies. This contribution assesses the influence of this process on the development of the Belgian women's policy agencies and its gender equality policies. It argues that while the characteristics of the Belgian federal systemits asymmetrical structure and dual, centrifugal naturestimulate the development of diverging structures, the nature of the issuethe cross-cutting character of gender inequality, the hegemonic approach to gender inequalityand the absence of national civil society actors push towards a convergence of policy approaches across different policy-making institutions.