Gendering Government: Feminist Engagement with the State in Australia and Canada

Gendering Government: Feminist Engagement with the State in Australia and Canada

By: Louise Chappell (author)Paperback

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Feminists, like other political actors, cannot avoid the state. Whether they want equal pay, anti-domestic violence laws, refugee or childcare centres, they must engage with state institutions. What determines the nature and extent of this involvement? Why are some feminists more willing to engage with some institutions, while others are not? Gendering Government seeks to answer these questions through a comparison of feminist engagement with political institutions in Australia and Canada. Chappell considers what effect political institutions have had on shaping feminist claims, and in turn, to what extent these claims shape the nature of these institutions. She adds a new dimension to our understanding of the relationship between gender interests and government, showing how the interaction is dynamic and mutually defining. She further extends existing comparative studies in the field of women and politics by examining the full range of such institutions, including the electoral, parliamentary, legal/constitutional, and bureaucratic arenas.

About Author

Louise Chappell is a lecturer at the School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney, Australia.


Acknowledgments Acronyms 1 Gender and Political Institutions in Australia and Canada 2 Feminists in Australia and Canada: Identities, Ideas, Strategies, and Structures 3 The Feminist Electoral Project: Working against the Grain 4 The Femocrat Strategy: Challenging Bureaucratic Norms and Structures 5 Feminists and the Constitutional and Legal Realms: Creating New Spaces 6 Feminists and Federalism: Playing the Multilevel Game 7 Feminists and Institutions: A Two-Way Street References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774809665
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780774809665
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 0774809663

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