1st Edition

Gendering Politics and Policy Recent Developments in Europe, Latin America, and the United States

By Heidi I. Hartmann Copyright 2005
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    Top feminist theorists and scholars examine the latest developments in gender politics and policy around the world

    Gendering Politics and Policy: Recent Developments in Europe, Latin America, and the United States discusses in depth how women and women’s perspectives are changing politics and policy in both the United States and around the world. This compelling resource surveys a range of issues and methodologies to bring the most recent gender issues, politics, and policies into clear focus. Top feminist scholars and theorists from several disciplines explore the latest in gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting, citizenship, social capital, and the gender gap in various cultures and countries.

    Gendering Politics and Policy provides case studies of different policy areas, techniques, and political practice as it highlights issues important for women and women’s issues around the world. The book’s three main sections include detailed looks at politics and gender issues in the United States, policies of concern for women in Latin America and Europe, and women’s agendas in the United Nations. This book is extremely useful as a teaching tool for students by surveying a wide range of vital issues and methodologies of gender development, women and politics, women and public policy, and women in international politics. The text is extensively referenced and includes several tables and figures to clearly present data and ideas.

    Gendering Politics and Policy discusses:

    • the need for women’s citizenship—a new form of gendered citizenship more inclusive of women’s issues that strengthens democratic governability
    • gender politics in presidential elections—including the impact the attention to women’s votes has had on public policies of administrations between elections
    • the relationships between women’s status and social capital
    • attack campaigning of male candidates against women candidates
    • the gender implications of economic policy in the United Kingdom
    • the discretionary nature of funding for support of domestic violence laws in Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean region
    • women’s increased leadership roles in German government
    • the need for gender mainstreaming in the German economy
    • child care as an international human right
    • the involvement of women’s nongovernmental organizations at UN conferences

    Gendering Politics and Policy is illuminating reading for educators, advanced undergraduate and graduate students in women’s studies, political science, and public policy, as well as policy researchers and women leaders around the world.

    • Introduction (Heidi Hartmann)
    • Governability and Women’s Citizenship (Mercedes Barquet and Sandra Osses)
    • Gender, Presidential Elections, and Public Policy: Making Women’s Votes Matter (Barbara C. Burrell)
    • Gender and Black Presidential Politics: From Chisholm to Moseley Braun (Paula D. McClain, Niambi M. Carter, and Michael C. Brady)
    • Women’s Status and Social Capital in the United States (Amy Caiazza and Robert D. Putnam)
    • From the Trenches
    • Attacking First-Time Women Candidates for Congress (Tanya Melich)
    • Making Policymakers More Gender Aware: Experiences and Reflections from the Women’s Budget Group in the United Kingdom (Susan Himmelweit)
    • How to Make the Law Work? Budgetary Implications of Domestic Violence Laws in Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean (Dinys Luciano, Simel Esim, and Nata Duvvury)
    • Girl Power, Mainstreaming and Critical Mass: Women’s Leadership and Policy Paradigm Shift in Germany’s Red-Green Coalition, 1998-2002 (Joyce Mushaben)
    • The Alliance for Jobs in Germany: The Promise and Failure of Gender Mainstreaming (Elisabeth Vogelheim)
    • Child Care as a Human Right: A New Perspective on an Old Debate (Martha F. Davis)
    • Women’s NGOs at UN Conferences: The 1992 Rio Conference on the Environment as a Watershed Event (Mary P. Haney)
    • Defending Diversity, Sustaining Consensus: NGOs at the Beijing Women’s Conference and Beyond (Kristen Timothy)
    • About the Contributors
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Hartmann, Heidi I.