Paula Koskinen Sandberg

Paula Koskinen Sandberg
Tampere University | UTA

Ph.D (Econ.)

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Introduction
I'm an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University, Gender Studies. I obtained my doctorate in 2016, studying equal pay and politics. As a postdoc, I continue exploring the relationship between equal pay policies, corporatist politics and labour market outcomes for men and women. I also study the neoliberalization of welfare state employment. My website: https://koskinensandberg.wordpress.com/
Additional affiliations
January 2017 - April 2017
University of Helsinki
Position
  • PostDoc Position
October 2016 - July 2017
Hanken School of Economics
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  • PhD Student
January 2014 - October 2016
Hanken School of Economics
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  • PhD Student
Education
January 2014 - October 2016

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Publications (26)
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The Nordic model of employment relations, characterised by centralised collective bargaining and strong collaboration between social partners and the state, has often been linked to positive gender equality outcomes. Although the Nordic model has maintained stability even in the economic crisis of 2008, the Finnish labour market was faced with neol...
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In this concluding chapter, we discuss the findings of the book chapters on three dimensions: (i) collective bargaining and gender equality, (ii) social partners’ influence on gender policy-making and framings of equality and (iii) gendered patterns of representation in trade unions. We demonstrate how discussing the three dimensions together provi...
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In the introductory chapter to this volume, we suggest that focussing on social partners representing employees and employers provides important new insights for gender and politics scholarship. Analysing social partners and corporatist processes helps to explain the persistence of gendered inequalities in the labour market and problems in gender e...
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Collective bargaining has been under great pressure in Finland and Europe, including demands for increased wage competitiveness and reductions in public sector spending. This article showcases how relatively gender‐equal states with strong corporatist traditions, such as Finland, may align with neoliberal austerity policies that have gendered impli...
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This articleexplores a case of feminist solidarity and wage politics—namely, a social movement claiming equal pay for early education teachers. In 2018,the Finnish media revealed that several municipalities in the Finnish capital areahad secretly agreed not to compete with each other by paying higher wages for early education teachers even though t...
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Reform of the family leave system has been on the Finnish political agenda for a long time but has proved to be a challenging task. The challenges relate to ideological differences between the political parties and to non-decision making in tripartite working groups, where the labour market parties participate in policy formulation. The article ana...
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The 2008 economic crisis and its aftermath created opportunities for institutional actors to formulate and implement neoliberal reforms and policies. In this article, we analyse a recent ordoliberal policy measure of the Finnish government-the Competitiveness Pact and related legislative measures. Ordoliberalism, a variant of neoliberalism, entails...
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Perhevapaajärjestelmää on pyritty uudistamaan jo pitkään. Käytännössä uudistaminen on osoittautunut vaikeaksi. Uudistuksen kipukohdat liittyvät niin poliittisten puolueiden ideologisiin eroihin kuin uudistusten vesittymiseen kolmikantaisessa politiikkaprosessissa, jossa työmarkkinakeskusjärjestöt osallistuvat politiikan muotoiluun. Tasa-arvopolitii...
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Vaikka työmarkkinajärjestöillä on ollut keskeinen rooli suomalaisessa tasa-arvopolitiikassa, korporatistisen järjestelmän, sukupuolen ja vallan suhdetta ei ole juurikaan Suomessa tutkittu. Artikkeli tarkastelee työmarkkinakeskusjärjestöjen tasa-arvopolitiikkaan liittyvien ulostulojen kautta valtion ja työmarkkinakeskusjärjestöjen välistä suhdetta j...
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In gender and politics research, the implementation of gender equality policies is becoming the key question. Gender equality policies are often good policies on paper but fall through in implementa-tion. This study is located in the context of this emerging feminist scholarship on implementation of gender policies. This article analyzes the barrie...
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In addition to political parties and the government, trade union confederations and employer organizations are major power players in the Finnish labour market, policy-making, and wider society. This article analyses the significant role of the Finnish corporatist regime in creating and maintaining the gendered hierarchies of the labour market, inc...
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This article analyses the role of collective agreements in institutionalising and legitimising the undervaluation of work conducted by women. The undervaluation of women’s work has been identified as one of the main causes of the gender pay gap. Despite this, it continues to escape many of the policy measures on gender pay equity that focus on esta...
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Mainstream economics conceptualizes wages as determined by market forces and reflecting productivity and investments to human capital made by individuals. These views, which have become taken-for-granted explanations of what wages are, hide the underlying dynamics of the gender pay gap and place responsibility on individuals instead of gendered soc...
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This article analyses the intertwining inequalities in wage determination and the gender-neutral legitimacy that pay systems provide by masking these inequalities. Job evaluation and performance-related pay were originally designed for purposes other than promoting equal pay, namely as managerial tools for determining wage levels. Typically, the ma...
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The gender pay gap is a persistent challenge across different national contexts. Within these contexts, however, the underlying mechanisms that have resulted in the gender pay gap can take different shapes. In Finland, the gender pay gap has been resistant to policy measures implemented in order to reduce it. This thesis aims to shed light on some...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyse an example of non-decision making in the Nordic tripartite policy process, namely, the reform of the Finnish gender equality legislation and the law for equal pay comparisons. Design/methodology/approach The paper uses non-decision making as a conceptual framework for qualitative analysis of the docu...
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Gender patterns in technological and engineering research careers were explored in the EU funded 13-country study PROMETEA in 2005-2007, including old and new EU member states, and Serbia, the Russian Federation and Chile. Drawing from this study, the article analyses the gendering of key arenas of excellence in technological and engineering resear...
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31.1. INTRODUCTION Technology and engineering are the most male-dominated research fields in Europe. Women are a minority of researchers in Europe generally, but even more so in technological research and in the business-enterprise sector especially. Engineering and technology is the field with lowest proportion of women researchers in higher educa...

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Projects (4)
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The Academy of Finland postdoctoral project (2018-2021) focuses on the gendered labour market outcomes of neoliberal labour market and policy reforms in Finland, such as the Competitiveness Pact, Social Services and Regional Government (SOTE) Reform and decentralization of the Finnish collective bargaining system. The project produces new knowledge about how neoliberalization changes central institutions of the welfare state, and with what (labour market)implications.
Archived project
The goal was to study evaluation-based pay systems and how equal pay could be promoted and implemented through the application of such pay systems. The project was active during 2009-2011 and was funded by ESF.
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The research project GePoCo is funded by the Academy of Finland (2016-2020) and the University of Helsinki Research Funds (2015-2017). Currently, we are located at University of Tampere. Johanna Kantola (Professor of Gender Studies) is the director of the project. Anna Elomäki (PhD), Paula Koskinen Sandberg (PhD) and Milja Saari (PhD) work as postdoctoral researchers and Ville Kainulainen as a PhD student in the project. By exploring the nexus between corporatism, power and gender our project provides insights into the challenges that surround the tripartite cooperation between trade unions, employers’ organizations and the government. Considering the crucial role played by the corporatist system in Finland there is strikingly little research into its gendered practices in relation to different policy fields or as gendered organizations and decision-making. These are the tasks we are undertaking in this project.