Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state

Edited by Shirin Rai

Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5978-0
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: January 2003
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Sociology, Society & social sciences / Gender studies, gender groups, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, Politics & government
  • Series: Perspectives on Democratic Practice


Published in association with the United Nations, this book builds on the existing body of literature on gender and democratization by looking at the relevance of national machineries for the advancement of women. It considers the appropriate mechanisms through which the mainstreaming of gender can take place, and the levels of governance involved; defines what the interests of women are, and how and by what processes these interests are represented to the state policy making structures. Global strategies for the advancement of women are considered, and how far these have penetrated at national level, illuminated by a series of case studies - gender equality in Sweden and other Nordic countries, the Ugandan ministry of Gender, Culture and Social services, gender awareness in Central and Eastern Europe, and further examples from South Korea, the Lebanon, Beijing and Australia.


Shirin M. Rai is a professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

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