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Federalism, Feminism and Multilevel Governance

1st Edition

By Marian Sawer

Edited by Melissa Haussman


288 pages

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Until recently, few gender scholars took notice of the impact of state architecture on women's representation, political opportunities, and policy achievements. Likewise scholars of federalism, devolution and multilevel governance have largely ignored their gender impact. For the first time, this book explores how women's politics is affected by and affects federalism, whether in Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia or the US. Equally, it assesses the gender implications of devolution and multilevel governance in the European Union, including case studies of the UK and Germany. Globally, multilevel governance is providing new arenas for women's politics. For example, CEDAW (the UN Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) has led most governments to adopt gender-equality norms while other UN instruments have supported Aboriginal self-government. Gender scholars will find especially valuable what is revealed about the impact of political architecture on a broad range of policy issues, including gay marriage, reproductive rights and childcare. Federalism scholars will benefit from the book's wide range of cases, comparative themes and combination of gender and federalism perspectives. Written by leading experts, this book fills an important gap in both literatures.


'Just as scholars of political architecture have mostly ignored gender, so too have feminist researchers tended to overlook the structures of government. At long last, we have an impressive volume that both redresses the latter gap and insists on sustained attention to the former one.' Sylvia Bashevkin, University of Toronto, Canada 'Grappling with the complexity of political decision-making in unitary, federal, and multilevel governance systems, this volume investigates the effects of diverse divisions of power, revenue and responsibility on the representation and participation of gendered citizens. Developing rich comparisons across all regions of the globe, the book provides new insights into the possibilities for and barriers to equitable policies and politics.' Mary Hawkesworth, Rutgers University, USA

About the Author/Editor

Melissa Haussman, Carleton University, Canada, Marian Sawer, Australian National University, Australia and Jill Vickers, Carleton University, Canada

About the Series

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World critically explores the uneven and often contradictory ways in which global processes and local identities come together. Much has been and is being written about globalization and responses to it but rarely from a critical, historical, gendered perspective. Yet, these processes are profoundly gendered albeit in different ways in particular contexts and times. The changes in social, cultural, economic and political institutions and practices alter the conditions under which women and men make and remake their lives. New spaces have been created - economic, political, social - and previously silent voices are being heard. North-South dichotomies are being undermined as increasing numbers of people and communities are exposed to international processes through migration, travel, and communication, even as marginalization and poverty intensify for many in all parts of the world. The series features monographs and collections which explore the tensions in a ’global/local world’, and includes contributions from all disciplines in recognition that no single approach can capture these complex processes.

Please contact one of the editors if you have a proposal for consideration:

Jane Parpart: [email protected]

Marianne H. Marchand: [email protected]

Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel: [email protected]

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