The chapter analyses the shifting relationship between feminist politics and the state in Finland in the 2010s, with the aim of providing new insights into this relationship in a changing political context. The chapter focuses on a particular form of neoliberal and managerial governance that aims to make government decision-making processes more strategic by narrowing down policy objectives and aligning them explicitly with fiscal objectives and that have moved the Finnish welfare state in the direction of becoming a strategic state, in which economic imperatives overrule other political concerns. The chapter asks: i) How do different feminist actors operate in the strategic state? And ii), how are gender issues politicised in the strategic state by different feminist actors? The chapter approaches these questions through three different conceptualisations of feminist politics in Finland: namely, the idea of the velvet triangle; governance feminism; and intersectional feminism. The chapter shows how the network model of the velvet triangle is challenged in the context of the strategic state, while both governance feminism and intersectional feminism are strengthened.
|Title of host publication||Feminisms in the Nordic region|
|Subtitle of host publication||Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique|
|Editors||Suvi Keskinen, Pauline Stoltz, Diana Mulinari|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Publication type||A3 Book chapter|
|Name||Gender and Politics|
- Publication forum level 3