Family Law Policy

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

 Family Law Policy

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In the first section, the analysis defines the general feminist aims and parameters of the sub‐area of Family Law 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. Family Law Policy effects changes in the body of law on the family to improve women's lives. 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: Second‐phase Policy in Matrimonial Property Reform (1987) in Australia; First‐phase Divorce Reform in Ireland, 1981‐ 1995; First‐phase Marriage and Divorce Reform (1977) in Germany. The analysis concludes that one of the most important factors in determining feminist policy success in this particular sub‐sector of feminist policy may be cultural attitudes about gender.

Keywords: Australia; cultural attitudes; family law; feminist policy; gender; Germany; Ireland

Chapter.  7098 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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