Chapter

Blueprint Policy

Amy G. Mazur

in Theorizing Feminist Policy

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246724
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599859 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246726.003.0003

Series: Gender and Politics

 Blueprint Policy

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In the first section, the analysis defines the general feminist aims and parameters of the sub‐area of Blueprint Policy. It then discusses the range and timing of policies found in the 13 countries and closes with a discussion of the criteria for selecting the four policy cases covered in the chapter. Blueprint policies consist of the range of constitutional provisions, legislation, equality plans, reports, and policy machineries that governments use to establish general principles, or a blueprint, for feminist state action at the national and sub‐national levels. In the second section, the results of the analysis of the policy case literature on the dynamics of feminist policy formation is presented for the following four cases: The 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada; The 1978 Equal Status Act in Norway; The 1985 Emancipation Program in the Netherlands; and The 1988 Equality Plan in Spain. The analysis concludes that the most important factors in determining feminist policy success in this particular sub‐area of feminist policy may be strategic partnerships between women's policy agencies, women's movement actors, and women in public office and non‐feminist allies.

Keywords: Canada; feminist policy; government; Netherlands; Norway; public office; Spain; strategic partnerships; women's movement; women's policy agencies

Chapter.  7275 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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