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New Labour: towards an engendered politics and policy?

Rummery Kirstein, Gains Francesca and Annesley Claire

in Women and New Labour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348289
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.003.0012
New Labour: towards an engendered politics and policy?

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This chapter highlights the fact that New Labour has taken a number of opportunities to address women's issues, and that, as a consequence, the policy framework in the UK has been significantly altered. For the first time, gender as well as class features firmly on New Labour's political agenda. It specifically determines the problematic issue of women versus gender, the party's failure to recognise the differential impact of policies on groups of women and the broader institutional and public-policy constraints that present themselves. Working women appear to be some of the biggest winners under New Labour's policies. There has been no sustained policy commitment to gender mainstreaming or tackling women's issues per se. The case studies show that there are significant difficulties to achieving legislative and policy change. A key lesson from this book is that a project to feminise politics has to acknowledge the need to engender policy.

Keywords: New Labour; UK; engender policy; feminise politics; gender mainstreaming; public policy

Chapter.  7744 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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