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Gender and the politics of timeFeminist theory and contemporary debates$
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Valerie Bryson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347503

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347503.001.0001

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Feminist politics and welfare states

Feminist politics and welfare states

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(p.83) Six Feminist politics and welfare states
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Gender and the politics of time
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Valerie Bryson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347503.003.0006

This chapter discusses welfare states and the form feminist politics might take. It suggests that effective feminist politics requires both engagement with the state and autonomous activity, and that the global context within which policies are developed provides both constraints and new opportunities. While there have been some encouraging developments, particularly in the Nordic states, the chapter also draws on the findings of Chapter One to argue that policies cannot simply be exported from one country to another, but must be based on a realistic assessment of particular circumstances and traditions.

Keywords:   feminist politics, welfare sates, feminism, women's representation, Nordic states

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