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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

Chapter:
(p.43) Three Women and Nordic labour parties
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Women and New Labour
Author(s):

Buchanan Guro

Annesley Claire

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.003.0003

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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