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Gendering Government
Feminist Engagement with the State in Australia and Canada
Louise A. Chappell  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 11/20/2002
ISBN: 9780774809658    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2003
ISBN: 9780774809665    

224 Pages


About the Book

• Selected, Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE
• Winner, 2003 Victoria Schuck Award, American Political Science Association

Feminists, like other political actors, cannot avoid the state. Whether they want equal pay, anti-domestic violence laws, refugee or childcare centres, they must engage with state institutions. What determines the nature and extent of this involvement? Why are some feminists more willing to engage with some institutions, while others are not?

Gendering Government seeks to answer these questions through a comparison of feminist engagement with political institutions in Australia and Canada. Chappell considers what effect political institutions have had on shaping feminist claims, and in turn, to what extent these claims shape the nature of these institutions. She adds a new dimension to our understanding of the relationship between gender interests and government, showing how the interaction is dynamic and mutually defining. She further extends existing comparative studies in the field of women and politics by examining the full range of such institutions, including the electoral, parliamentary, legal/constitutional, and bureaucratic arenas

About the Author(s)

Louise Chappell is a lecturer at the School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents


1 Gender and Political Institutions in Australia and Canada
2 Feminists in Australia and Canada: Identities, Ideas, Strategies, and Structures
3 The Feminist Electoral Project: Working against the Grain
4 The Femocrat Strategy: Challenging Bureaucratic Norms and Structures
5 Feminists and the Constitutional and Legal Realms: Creating New Spaces
6 Feminists and Federalism: Playing the Multilevel Game
7 Feminists and Institutions: A Two-Way Street



An important contribution to feminist political science and will be of interest to the discipline generally…. I especially admire its clear, jargon-free style of writing, a pleasure to read.
-- Jill Vickers, Canadian Journal of Political Science, September 2003

Gendering Government skilfully compares the parliamentary and federal systems in Australia and Canada, making a significant contribution to the field. It is directed to a wide audience, including readers who are interested in feminist studies, comparative analysis, political science, and political theory.
-- Elizabeth van Acker, School of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University, Australia

An ambitious and significant piece of scholarship… It is written in a lively and engaging fashion, and will make a valuable contribution to the field of political science and to feminist scholarship.
-- Katherine Teghtsoonian, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria

[Chappell] offers analysis of the formation of late twentieth century feminist politics, or electoral politics, bureaucracies, courts, federal institutions, and NGOs. Her claim that this is the first work to offer this level of analysis is a strong one: she considers a range of institutions and time frames for both countries. It is a rich and full picture.
-- Catherine Dauvergne, Canadian Literature, Issue 186, Autumn 2005

This welcome study provides a thoroughly solid coverage of an important area. The book will undoubtably continue to provoke debate and discussion amongst feminist scholars and provide a very handy introduction to women’s policy debates for honours and graduate students.
—Marian Simms, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 41, No. 3, September 2006

Sample Chapter

Chapter One

Related Topics

Political Science > Canada
Gender Studies
Political Science > Other
Women's Studies
Political Science

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