Evidence Bite: Feminist democratic innovations in policy and politics


A recently published article of CCINDLE partners Paloma Caravantes and Emanuela
Lombardo explores feminist democratic innovations in policy and politics. The article
conceptualises feminist democratic innovations in local institutional politics exploring
the feminist municipal politics of Barcelona’s local government from 2015 to 2023 (Cruells
and Alfama, 2019).


Democratic innovations in institutional politics refer to processes or institutions aimed at
improving the quality of democracy beyond electoral politics by including the voices,
knowledge, and experiences of civil society in policy processes (della Porta, 2020). The
article interprets feminist democratic innovations in policy and politics as actions to
transform unequal gender
and intersectional hierarchies through intersectional
inclusion and participation in both policy content and institutional structures (Martínez-Palacios, 2018; Leidner, 1991).


Barcelona’s municipal government from 2015-2023 provides a fitting example of a public
institution introducing innovations in policy and politics inspired by progressive social
movements and shaped by feminist critical actors from institutions and civil society (della
Porta and Zamponi, 2022).


The article identifies the following 4 types of transformations:

The analysis of Barcelona highlights 3 relevant factors facilitating feminist democratic
innovations:

Access the full article here:

Caravantes, P., & Lombardo, E. (2024). Feminist democratic innovations in policy and
politics. Policy & Politics (published online ahead of print 2024). Retrieved Mar 20, 2024,
from https://doi.org/10.1332/03055736Y2023D000000009