The main objective of the IAPSS Student Research Committees (SRCs) is to bring together scholars who wish to pursue research on a transnational basis and they constitute basic networks of scientific research, intellectual debate and professional exchange.

On this page, you will find selected results of the work of IAPSS SRC members (such as publications or conference presentations). There are either the output of individual efforts or collaborative enterprises with the members of one or more SRCs. Interdisciplinary projects that cross the traditional boundaries set by the theoretical and methodological approaches in Political Science and related disciplines are particularly encouraged.

Paper on Gender Mainstreaming and Work-Family Reconciliation (2016)

What impact has Gender Mainstreaming had since its adoption by the EU 20 years ago? This question initiated the collaborative work of Oana Crușmac and Isabel Köhler, members of the IAPSS Student Research Committee (SRC) on Human Rights and Gender Studies, which has been published in the Romanian Journal of Society and Politics. Beginning with their common interest in gender equality measures, Crușmac and Köhler developed a research question focused on the impact of Gender Mainstreaming and the reconciliation of work and family. The strategy to achieve gender equality in all policy areas was adopted by the EU in the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1997 and thus its principles should since, theoretically, be present in member-state legislation – especially in a field that is so directly tied to gender relations as work and family. In two case studies, the authors traced the development of family policies in Romania and Germany, applying concepts from feminist policy analysis. Their analysis shows that pre-existing policies and discourse, the economic situation, as well as the relationship with the EU have shaped and impeded the implementation process of GM in both countries. Although Germany slowly moves towards more egalitarian policies, Gender Mainstreaming as label and strategy did not succeed. In Romania, GM has only impacted work and family reconciliation indirectly through EU legislation. The authors‘ work points to the need to critically reevaluate the way Gender Mainstreaming is enforced in the EU and its member states.

As members of one of IAPSS‘s SRCs, Crușmac and Köhler shared their work with their fellow members and presented a working paper at the IAPSS World Congress 2016. The SRC not only offered them an opportunity to develop a research project together, but also to receive feedback and support.

Papers by SRC members in IAPSS’ Politikon (2017)

Several members of IAPSS SRCs have submitted individual or joint articles to the flagship journal of IAPSS, Politikon. The articles are currently undergoing the review process and the most successful ones will be published in Politikon later this year. Follow the website of Politikon and our soial media to be among the first to access the new articles!