Feminist Engagement with the State in Australia and Canada
Feminists, like other political actors, cannot avoid the state.Whether they want equal pay, anti-domestic violence laws, refugee orchildcare centres, they must engage with state institutions. Whatdetermines the nature and extent of this involvement? Why are somefeminists more willing to engage with some institutions, while othersare not?
Gendering Government seeks to answer these questionsthrough a comparison of feminist engagement with political institutionsin Australia and Canada. Chappell considers what effect politicalinstitutions have had on shaping feminist claims, and in turn, to whatextent these claims shape the nature of these institutions. She adds anew dimension to our understanding of the relationship between genderinterests and government, showing how the interaction is dynamic andmutually defining. She further extends existing comparative studies inthe field of women and politics by examining the full range of suchinstitutions, including the electoral, parliamentary,legal/constitutional, and bureaucratic arenas.
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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.
She 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.
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.
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.
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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 andStructures
5 Feminists and the Constitutional and Legal Realms: Creating NewSpaces
6 Feminists and Federalism: Playing the Multilevel Game
7 Feminists and Institutions: A Two-Way Street
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