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Women and New LabourEngendering politics and policy?$
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Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains, and Kirstein Rummery

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348289

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.001.0001

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Women and Nordic labour parties

Women and Nordic labour parties

(p.43) Three Women and Nordic labour parties
Women and New Labour

Buchanan Guro

Annesley Claire

Policy Press

This chapter explores the strategies used by social-democratic parties in Norway and Sweden to feminise politics, and evaluates the extent to which New Labour can learn from these states. It provides a review of the opportunities for a feminisation of politics in these countries since the 1970s, under the headings of women's substantive representation, women in the core executive, state feminism, and women's-policy platform to gain female votes. The chapter then reports the respective degrees of ‘women-friendliness’ in the economy, welfare state, and foreign policy. Some pointers to New Labour regarding how a party can make a difference to women's lives and the pitfalls that it might encounter along the way are presented. Progress towards women-friendly policies since the 1970s has been instrumental rather than ideological. The chapter also illustrates that little can be achieved without well-developed parental leave and a cash-support system.

Keywords:   Norway, Sweden, New Labour, feminisation, women-friendliness, economy, welfare state, foreign policy, politics

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