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Mainstreaming : a hero of lost causes?: Diffusion and transfer of a policy instrument in the European environmental, gender and urban policies.

Abstract : In the world of public policy, waves of innovations and new policy developments are usually followed by
movements of rationalisation. In this context, the creation of instruments of cooperation and coordination
is a classic policy response to rationalise public policy. We argue that mainstreaming is one of those
policy instruments. Indeed, considering recent negotiations on the EU's budget, mainstreaming has
emerged as a policy instrument dedicated to the rationalisation of European finances and policies. In that
sense, mainstreaming can be considered as a highly innovative instrument, whose introduction and
diffusion in different policy sectors took place when other stronger mechanisms of coordination have
failed. Based on a longitudinal and a comparative analysis of mainstreaming, its diffusion across several
EU policy domains (environment, gender and urban), and its restructuring, we assume that this policy
instrument has contributed to shaping this process of rationalisation. We will firstly characterize
mainstreaming and clarify its relationship with the integration principle across sectors. Secondly, we will
develop original assumptions on the diffusion of mainstreaming, by systematically analysing logics of
instrumentation in three European policy domains, as well as its relationship with the rationalisation of
European finances and policies. Thirdly, we will argue that the logic of mainstreaming leads to similar
unintended effects across sectors.
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Submitted on : Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 8:43:07 PM
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Halpern Charlotte, Sophie Jacquot, Patrick Le Galès. Mainstreaming : a hero of lost causes?: Diffusion and transfer of a policy instrument in the European environmental, gender and urban policies.. Congrès de l'Association Française de Science Politique / Section 20 "Transferts institutionnels et convergences étatiques", Sep 2009, Grenoble, France. ⟨halshs-00415775⟩

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