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The Politics of State Feminism


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PrefacePart I. Framework and Foundations
1. The State Feminism Project
2. Concepts and Mixed Methods
3. Mapping Women's Policy AgenciesPart II. Exploring State Feminism
4. Women's Policy Agencies and Women's Movement Success
5. Women's Policy Agency Success and Failure: The Search for Explanations
6. What's Feminist about State Feminism?Part III. Unpacking State Feminism
7. Social Movements and Women's Movements - Joyce Outshoorn
8. Political Representation - Joni Lovenduski and Marila Guadagnini
9. Framing and Gendering - Birgit Sauer
10. Gendering New Institutionalism - Amy G. Mazur and Dorothy E. McBridePart IV. Conclusion
11. The New Politics of State FeminismNotes

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Addressing essential questions of women's movement activism and political change in Western democracies

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Dorothy E. McBride is Professor Emerita of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University.Amy G. Mazur is C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington State University.


"[A] long awaited culmination of a 15- year-long international collaborative project on comparative state feminism which was initiated by two prominent feminist political scientists... This book is a celebrated finale of this collective odyssey that addresses essential questions of women's movement activism and political change in Western democracies through a comprehensive comparative analysis of the effectiveness of women's policy agencies and women's movements on a range of important policy issues. The book presents a unique combination of conceptual sophistication, first-hand original data, wide-ranging review of interconnected literatures, methodological rigor, and thought-provoking theoretical conclusions. This book will be widely read by scholars and students interested in gender politics, institutional and policy change, social movements, and democratization... The study's conclusions are very important and timely." The Journal of Politics "McBride and Mazur embark on an ambitious exploration of state feminism, social movements, institutions, representation, and policy in 13 advanced industrial democracies... This densely packed volume must be read in order to appreciate fully both the nuanced arguments made by the authors and the multitude of insights revealed by their mixed-method analyses... Scholars familiar with state feminism...will find this volume indispensable." Politics and Gender "This provocative book is the definitive treatment of state feminism. The authors offer systematic explorations of cutting-edge themes in comparative politics, policy, and gender and politics. Their scholarship here is exemplary. The Politics of State Feminism is a gold mine of insights into the relationships between women's movements and the state, and it will be the book that scholars will consult to learn about the development and political significance of the proliferation of women's policy machineries in advanced industrialized countries." - Laurel Weldon, Professor of Political Science at Perdue University and author of Profit, Policy, and the Problems of Violence Against Women: A Cross-National Comparison "The Politics of State Feminism is a comprehensive book--the capstone of an ambitious, long-term, international, collaborative project. Feminist without reservation, the authors address a range of interconnected and interesting literatures, and their conclusions are thoughtful and timely. Very few comparative projects combine this breadth and depth." - Charles Ragin, Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Arizona and author of Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond "The book is sure to be a classic for scholars focused on advanced research on women, gender, institutions, and politics, and for those studying women's policy apparatus in government as it connects with women's movements in the majority of nations (i.e., in the non-Western world). Summing Up: Highly recommended." - Choice "This is a densely packed and comprehensive book, explaining the long-standing and widely recognized state feminism project and offering a more rigorous, empirical version of its findings. It explains empirical testing of comparative hypotheses and contributes to broader social science debates." Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, Vol 33 No. 1 2012 "Superb... This exhaustive and nuanced scholarship is what allowed for both the identification and testing of the fundamental research question found in this capstone book." - Perspectives on Politics "This is the capstone book of a large-scale, even hugely ambitious, project led by the authors, which has compared 'state feminism' (women's policy agencies) in 13 countries... this book is extremely welcome... it provides a toolkit for those researching the policy influence of women's movements."--Australian Feminist Studies, September 2012

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