Cassandra Engeman

Research fellow

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Works at Swedish institute for social research
Telephone 08-16 20 75
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 F
Room F 898
Postal address Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Cassandra Engeman writes on issues related to work, social movements, and comparative social policy. Her current research examines how political regimes, trade unions, and women in politics influence parental leave provisions and the timing of leave policy adoption across countries with a special focus on fathers’ leave rights and provisions. She is also working with colleagues on a longitudinal study of the consequences of protest for environmental policy in Sweden and a study of relationships between public policies and work-family reconciliation during the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and cross-nationally. She recently published an article in Social Forces and a chapter on U.S. state-level family policy development in the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy. For more information, visit:


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • Report Time for care
    2018. Cassandra Engeman.
  • 2018. Cassandra Engeman. Mobilization 23 (3), 329-347

    How do economic conditions influence social movements’ capacity to set legislative agendas? This research examines multiple efforts to expand family, medical, and sick leave policies in California across almost two decades spanning the Great Recession. Longitudinalanalysis in a state with political conditions favorable to leave policy agendas permits close consideration of how varying economic conditions shape social movement influence in the policy process. Drawing from various qualitative sources, this research finds that, after the recession, leave bills were more often held in appropriations committees for their estimated costs to the state and anticipated pressures on funding sources. Weak economic conditions also shifted leave advocates’ priorities away from leave policy issuestoward maintaining public employment and services. The articleadvances social movement research by showing the mechanisms by which state fiscal capacity shapes social movement strategies and interacts with political conditions at the early, agenda-setting stages of the legislative process.

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Last updated: June 17, 2020

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