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Agents of Change. Women’s Advocacy during Democratization in Croatia

Jagoda Rošul-Gajić
  • Institute of Political Science at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, 85577 Neubiberg, Germany.
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Published Online: 2016-12-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/soeu-2016-0046


This article investigates how Croatian women’s NGOs have contributed to gender policy in Croatia and what instruments they have used at the state level in drafting, initiating, and adopting innovative gender policy. It argues that, as norm advocates, Croatian women’s NGOs have adopted a double strategy: first, calling attention to the Croatian government’s non-compliance with international norms on women’s rights and second, enforcing change. Based on the advocacy of Croatian women’s NGOs, the author introduces the double-strategy model of norm implementation. The methodology is descriptive, whereas the analysis is based both on interviews and on published secondary data.

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Jagoda Rošul-Gajić

Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Political Science at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, where she is working on the project ‘NATO’s women, peace and security policy. Impact on the ground?’

Published Online: 2016-12-30

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Südosteuropa, Volume 64, Issue 4, Pages 544–559, ISSN (Online) 2364-933X, ISSN (Print) 0722-480X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/soeu-2016-0046.

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