This book examines the process by which Canada's policies for the Fourth World Conference on Women were formulated: a process that involved federal government officials from some twenty departments, provincial representatives, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from across Canada. Riddell-Dixon relates the findings of her study to two broad concerns in the literature on Canadian foreign policy-making. First, she assesses the relative importance of developments in the international arena on the one hand, and of domestic pressures on the other in determining foreign policy. Secondly, she considers the effectiveness of government efforts to democratize foreign policy.Canada and the Beijing Conference on Women concludes by offering some points for NGOs to consider when developing lobbying strategies, as well as points for government officials to take into account when considering measures to facilitate NGO participation in the policy-making processes for future world conferences. Full of interviews with the key players involved, this book will interest scholars in Canadian foreign policy, women's studies, public policy, as well as diplomats and public servants.
Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon is an associate professor inthe Department of Political Science at the University of WesternOntario, and author of Canada and the International Seabed:Domestic Determinants and External Constraints.
Acronyms Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Road to Beijing 3. Governmental Politics 4. Nongovernmental Organizations 5. Canadian Delegation 6. Canadian NGOs at the International 7. Canada and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 8. Building on the Past, Looking to the Future Appendices i. Membership on the Canadian Beijing Facilitating Committee ii. Membership on the Canadian Preparatory Committee iii. Areas of Responsibility for Individual Members ofCanada's Negotiating Team at the Fourth World Conference onWomen iv. Canadian NGOs Accredited to the Fourth World Conference onWomen v. Those Receiving Government Funding to Attend the 1995 New YorkPreparatory Meetings vi. Those Receiving Government Funding to Attend the NGO Forum onWomen '95 List of Interviewees Notes Bibliography Index