Gender, Politics and the State

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Vicky Randall, Georgina Waylen
Routledge, 1998 - Political Science - 214 pages
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Over the last two decades our understanding of the relationship of gender, politics and the state has been transformed almost beyond recognition by the mutual interrogation of feminism and political science. This volume provides an overview of this dynamic and growing field, which reflects both its expanding empirical scope and the accompanying theoretical development and debate.
The first three essays focus primarily on conceptual and theoretical issues: the meaning of 'gender'; the state's role in the construction of gender within the public and private sphere; and the political representation of gender differences within liberal democracy. The remaining six provide analyses of more concrete issues of state policy and participation in differeing national political contexts: abortion politics in Ireland; the local politics of prostitution in Britain, the impact on women's political participation of economic change in China, Latin America and political change in Russia, and the gender impact of state programmes of land reform.

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Georgina Waylen is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has researched and written extensively on gender and transitions to democracy for over fifteen years. Her articles on this theme have been published in a range of journals including World Politics, Journal of
Latin American Studies, Democratization, Third World Quarterly and Comparative Political Studies. She is also the author of Gender in Third Politics (1996) and the co-editor of Gender, Politics and the State (1998) and Towards a Gendered Political Economy (2000).

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