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Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)

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RIOS CAZARES, Alejandra. (Weak) Institutions for the Advancement of Women: The Case of Women's Policy Agencies in Mexican States. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.3, pp.685-710. ISSN 0718-090X.

This study examines women's policy agencies (WPAs) in Mexico at the sub-national level using four structural variables that the literature has identified as critical: location within the government, mandates, administrative capabilities and leadership. I provide a descriptive inference based on original budget data, human resources and sub-national legislation (2007 to 2014). The data confirm that cross-sectoral mandates may be difficult to fulfill in weak bureaucracies, which supports the proposal that a better strategy might be to build institutions that have a focused mandate. Finally, the Mexican case supports the notion that creating a WPA with a broad mandate and high administrative status that is underfunded may be a low-cost act of legitimacy for governments.

Palabras clave : Mexico; women policy agency; advancement of women.

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