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
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.
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