Women and Public Policy: The Shifting Boundaries Between the Public and Private Spheres, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women and Public Policy

The Shifting Boundaries Between the Public and Private Spheres, 1st Edition

Edited by Susan Baker, Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes


234 pages

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First published in 1999, this volume aims to go beyond this debate is to explore the factors which have contributed to women’s exclusion from rights and full citizenship. Beginning by linking the construction of a dichotomous relationship between public and private spheres to the theory and practice of women’s exclusion, it attempts to move beyond critique and open up an alternative, more positive project. More than a feminist analysis, this project is fundamental to constructing a new understanding of politics and the political process.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction. 1. Risking Difference: Reconceptualizing the Boundaries between the Public and Private Spheres. Susan Baker. Part 2. Gendered Thought, Public Administration, and Policy Networks. 1. The Masculinity of Organizational Life. Celia Davies. 2. Reframing the ‘Public’ in Public Administration. Camilla Stivers. 3. Women and Policy: the European Union Dimension. Liz Sperling and Charlotte Bretherton. Part 3. Work, Welfare States, and Equal Opportunities. 4. Work-Family Arrangements: the Role of the State versus the Role of the Private Sector. Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes. 5. Comparative Childcare Policy and the Public-Private Divide. Vicky Randall. 6. European Policies and Women’s Rights in the United Kingdom. Elizabeth Meehan and Evelyn Collins. 7. Welfare-State Reform and Equal Opportunities: the Case of the Netherlands. Janneke Plantenga. Part 4. Health, Reproduction, and the Environment. 8. Gender Dimensions of Occupational Health and Safety in Canada: the Case of Fetal Protection from Toxins in the Workplace. Therese Jennissen. 9. Power, Policy, and Health: European Womens’ Perspectives on the Human Genome Analysis. Jalna Hanmer and Ineke Klinge. 10. Women and the Planning Process in the Man-Made Environment in the Netherlands – Linkages and Policy Imperatives. Marijke van Schendelen and Liesbeth Ottes.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General