The Politics of State Feminism addresses essential questions of women's movement activism and political change in Western democracies. The authors--top gender and politics scholars--provide a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of women's policy agencies and women's movements on a range of important issues to show whether, how, and why they form state feminism.
The central research questions are examined across five policy areas in thirteen postindustrial democracies in Europe and North America from the 1960s through the early 2000s. The authors explore topics drawn from contemporary theory on movements, representation, and the place of institutions in democratic change.
Beginning with the rich studies of policy debates by the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State, the authors use an innovative qualitative and quantitative strategy to develop a new body of theory about the role of state feminism and how it can help further women's rights.
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Temple University Press
August 01, 2010
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