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This European Research Council funded five year research programme which ran from 2012-17 aimed to improve our understanding of the gender dynamics of institutional change and reform.

Understanding how institutions work is an important priority for all, whether they are academics, politicians or policy-makers. And it is particularly important if we want to change institutions or understand why attempts to change and reform institutions have not worked as well as had been hoped. It is also significant for gender equity.

There have been big changes in recent years in the position of women. But many institutions – such as the judiciary, parliaments and governments – are still male-dominated, despite efforts to change this situation. This research has examined some of these efforts to change institutions and has tried to explain their outcomes.