Towards Solving the Feminist Policy Formation Puzzle

Amy G. Mazur

in Theorizing Feminist Policy

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246724
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599859 | DOI:

Series: Gender and Politics

 Towards Solving the Feminist Policy Formation Puzzle

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Shows how the FCP approach is put into action in the rest of the book through the systematic study of 8 sub‐sectors of feminist policy in 13 post‐industrial democracies. It first presents the operational definition of feminist policy as purposeful government action that promotes women's status, conditions, or rights and strikes down gender‐based hierarchy and as a new sector of public policy with eight sub areas. Next, the chapter presents the framework and methods that are used to analyse 27 different cases of feminist policy formation across the 8 sub‐sectors of policy and the 13 western post‐industrial democracies in Chs. 3 through 9. In addition to outlining how feminist policy success is measured in terms of women's descriptive and substantive representation, the chapter presents the 13 hypotheses scrutinized in a comparative analysis of the 27 policy cases conducted in the concluding chapter.

Keywords: feminist comparative policy; feminist policy; gender; policy formation; western post‐industrial democracies; women's rights

Chapter.  9643 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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