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Abortion Politics, Women's Movements and the State : A Comparative Study of State Feminism - Dorothy McBride Stetson

Abortion Politics, Women's Movements and the State

A Comparative Study of State Feminism

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780199242658
Number Of Pages: 344

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Abortion Politics, Women's Movements and the Democratic State examines the impact of women's movements since the 1960s on the policy-making processes determining abortion laws. The impact of women's movements is assessed in terms of their success in increasing the democratic representation of women generally and movement organizations specifically. Rather than asking 'how many women are in political office' this study asks 'to what extent are women included in the day to day process of making decisions?' Of special interest in this project is the extent to which states, through establishment of women's policy agencies, have assisted, opposed, or ignored the demands of movement activists for access to power and for feminist abortion policies. Researchers have examined these questions in policy debates over the last four decades in 11 advanced industrial democracies: Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. The findings of this cross-national longitudinal study document that women's movements have been successful in gaining both substantive and descriptive representation on abortion policy in a majority of the 32 debates studied. The ability of women's policy offices to provide a necessary and effective linkage between women's movement activism and increased democratic representation in policy- making varies both cross-nationally and over time. The openness of policy subsystems and the status of the parties on the left are factors that interact with variations in movement cohesion and resources to account for these variations.

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Interesting and worthwhile ... a formidable achievement ... empirically detailed, methodologically rigorous, and fruitful in informing social movement theory ... a fine research achievement. * American Political Science Review *

Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic Statep. i
Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic Statep. iii
List of Figuresp. x
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Abortion, Women's Movements, and Democratic Politicsp. 1
State Feminism and Policy Debates on Abortion in Austriap. 17
The Abortion Debates in Belgium 1974-1990p. 39
Of Rights and Power: Canada's Federal Abortion Policy 1969-1991p. 63
Gendering the Abortion Debate: The French Casep. 87
Abortion Debates in Germanyp. 111
Women's Movements' Defence of Legal Abortion in Great Britainp. 135
Abortion Debates in Ireland: An Ongoing Issuep. 157
Debates and Controversies on Abortion in Italyp. 181
Policy-Making on Abortion: Arenas, Actors, and Arguments in the Netherlandsp. 205
Gendering Abortion Debates: State Feminism in Spainp. 229
Us Abortion Debates 1959-1998: The Women's Movement Holds Onp. 247
Conclusion: Comparative Abortion Politics and the Case for State Feminismp. 267
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ISBN: 9780199242658
ISBN-10: 0199242658
Series: Gender and Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.26  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.52