Feminist politics and welfare states

Valerie Bryson

in Gender and the politics of time

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347503
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302391 | DOI:
Feminist politics and welfare states

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This chapter discusses welfare states and the form feminist politics might take. It suggests that effective feminist politics requires both engagement with the state and autonomous activity, and that the global context within which policies are developed provides both constraints and new opportunities. While there have been some encouraging developments, particularly in the Nordic states, the chapter also draws on the findings of Chapter One to argue that policies cannot simply be exported from one country to another, but must be based on a realistic assessment of particular circumstances and traditions.

Keywords: feminist politics; welfare sates; feminism; women's representation; Nordic states

Chapter.  5822 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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