Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015-2018 including focus areas for 2016.
Base your analysis on the two main approaches for analyzing equality policy and politics.

A) The first part of the assignment is to analyse the policy by using Carol Bacchi’s ‘what’s the problem represented to be?’ approach to policy analysis. The focus of the analysis is thus to critically analyse problematizations, based on the following questions:
• Question 1: Using Bacchi’s analytical definition of ‘problem representations’, what is the problem represented to be in the specific policy?

• Question 2: What presuppositions or assumptions underlie this representation of the ‘problem’?
• Question 3: How has this representation of the ‘problem’ come about?
• Question 4: What is left unproblematic in this problem representation? Where are the silences? Can the ‘problem’ be thought differently?
B) In the second part, base your analysis on the understanding of rights politics as a postmodern/late modern symptom in relation to subject formations (Brown, 1995; Brown 2000):

• Question 1: Identify some examples of the policy’s assumption of a modern subject formation in the policy. What defines such a subject?
• Question 2: How is gender equality supposed to be achieved according to the policy and in what ways are these suggestions dependent on the policy’s assumed subject formation?
• Question 3: What/who is regulated? According to what rationales, specific for late modernity/postmodernity?
• Question 4: How can the explicit and implicit normative arguments that support the idea of rights and gender equality in the policy be questioned from a postfoundational feminist perspective such as Brown’s?

C) Conclude with discussing if, and how, the results from the analyses in section A (Bacchi) and B (Brown) differ. What can the different perspectives contribute with to critical policy analysis?
Use at least three references:
Books/articles to be used to write the paper are:
1. Bacchi, Carol and Joan Eveline (2010). “Approaches to gender mainstreaming: What’s the problem represented to be?” In Mainstreaming politics: gendering practices and feminist theory, Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 111 – 138.
2. Brown, Wendy (1995) “Postmodern Exposures, Feminist Hesitations”, in States of Injury, Princeton university press, pp. 30-51.

3. Brown, Wendy (2000) “Suffering Rights as Paradoxes”, Constellations vol. 7, no 2 (2000), pp. 230-241.
4. Magnusson et.al. (2008) Critical Studies of Gender Equalities. Nordic Dislocations,Dilemmas and Contradictions.

Some advice:

Analyze the policy text