Women and New Labour

Engendering politics and policy?

Edited by Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains, and Kirstein Rummery

Women and New Labour

Edited by Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains, and Kirstein Rummery

Distributed for Bristol University Press

280 pages | © 2007
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781861348272 Published June 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781861348289 Published June 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Although there is a growing body of international literature on the feminisation of politics and the policy process and, as New Labour’s term of office progresses, a rapidly growing series of texts around New Labour’s politics and policies, until now no one text has conducted an analysis of New Labour’s politics and policies from a gendered perspective, despite the fact that New Labour have set themselves up to specifically address women’s issues and attract women voters. This book fills that gap in an interesting and timely way. Women and New Labour will be a valuable addition to both feminist and mainstream scholarship in the social sciences, particularly in political science, social policy and economics. Instead of focusing on traditionally feminist areas of politics and policy (such as violent crime against women) the authors opt to focus on three case study areas of mainstream policy (economic policy, foreign policy and welfare policy) from a gendered perspective. The analytical framework provided by the editors yields generalisable insights that will outlast New Labour’s third term.

Part A: Setting the context: New Labour and women: constraints and opportunities in feminising politics

    ~ Claire Annesley and Francesca Gains
Developments in feminist theory

   ~ Ursula Vogel and Angelia R Wilson
Women and Nordic Labour parties

   ~ Guro Bjoergum and Claire Annesley
Feminising policy and politics: from old to New Labour

   ~ Jill Lovecy
Engendering the machinery of governance

   ~ Francesca Gains and Catherine Durose
Part B: Case studies: Economy: 
The gender implications of New Labour’s macro-economic policy

   ~ David Coates and Sarah Oettinger
New Labour policy and the gender pay gap  

   ~ Damian Grimshaw
Foreign policy: Women and international development policy

   ~ Juanita Elias and Lucy Ferguson
New Labour’s foreign and security policy: securitisation and gender

   ~ Natalie Bormann
Welfare: Parental responsibilities and gender roles

   ~ Karen Clarke
Labour pains: lesbian and gay citizens

   ~ Angie Wilson
Caring, citizenship and New Labour: dilemmas and contradictions for disabled and older women

   ~ Kirstein Rummery
Part C: Theory and policy analysis: Towards an engendered politics and policy?

   ~ Kirstein Rummery, Francesca Gains and Claire Annesley

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