Gendering the State is a ground-breaking collection of studies that examines the efforts of women in countries all over the world to frame public policy debates on nationally critical issues in gendered terms. The overall study is grouped into three distinct patterns of state change: state downsizing-particularly in social policy areas (Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, the United States, and Spain); expansion of state activities into previously less-regulated areas (Austria, France, Germany, and Sweden); and transformation-often constitutionally based-of representative structures (Australia, Belgium, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom). Examination of these patterns reveals the impact of the changes in state structures and national priorities on the effectiveness and ability of women's movement actors in achieving their goals.
Melissa Haussman is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Birgit Sauer is professor of political science at the University of Vienna.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Women's Movements and State Restructuring in the 1990s Chapter 2: Re-evaluating the Heart of Society: Family Policy in Austria Chapter 3: Feminism and Indigenous Rights in Australia in the 1990s Chapter 4: Speedy Belgians: The New Nationality Law of 2000 and the Impact of the Women's Movement Chapter 5: New Federalism and Cracked Pillars: The Canadian Health Insurance System under the 2000 Romanow Commission and Beyond Chapter 6: Debating Day Care in Finland in the Midst of an Economic Recession and Welfare State Down-Sizing Chapter 7: Thirty-five Hour Workweek Reforms in France, 1997-2000: Strong Feminist Demands, Elite Apathy, and Disappointing Outcomes Chapter 8: Women, Embryos, and the Good Society: Gendering the Bioethics Debate in Germany Chapter 9: The Reform of the State in Italy Chapter 10: Electoral Reform in Mid-1990s Japan Chapter 11: The Home Care Gap: Neoliberalism, Feminism, and the State in the Netherlands Chapter 12: The Women's Movement, State Feminism, and Unemployment Reform in Spain, 2002-2003 Chapter 13: The Debate about Care Allowance in the Light of Welfare State Reconfiguration Chapter 14: The UK: Reforming the House of Lords Chapter 15: Welfare Reform: America's Hot Issue Chapter 16: Conclusion: State Feminism and State Restructuring since the 1990s