How can mainstream models and classifications be used in analyzing welfare states and gender? What sort of modifications to traditional theory are required? Must alternative frameworks be constructed to accommodate the dimension of gender? These and other questions are addressed in this comprehensive volume - the first to synthesize the insights of feminist and mainstream research in examining the impact of gender on welfare state analysis and outcomes. The text also highlights the effect of welfare state policies on women and men. This book assembles an international and interdisciplinary cast of scholars who approach the subject on two levels. First, they test the applicability of mainstream frameworks to new areas in analyzing gender. Secondly, they highlight possible reconceptualizations and innovative frameworks designed to provide gender-balanced analyses. These twin approaches are combined with a comparative component, focusing on a cross-section of countries of major interest in welfare state research.
This text should contribute to contemporary theorizing on welfare states by integrating a range of contemporary research in comparative politics, women's studies, social policy and economics. It should be of interest to students and academics across a wide range of disciplines.
Dr Diane Sainsbury, Department of Political Science, Univeristy of Stockhom Contributors Sainsbury: Gendering Welfare States Toni Makkai Australian National University Canberra Sue Donath University of Melbourne Michael Bittman University of New South Wales Lois Bryson University of Newcastle Australia Alan Siaroff University of British Columbia Anette Borchorst University of Aarhus Traute Meyer WZB Berlin Kristen Scheiwe Centre of European Social Research Mannheim Mary Daly Istituto Universitario Europeo Fiesole Jet Bussemaker Free University Amsterdam Kees van Kersbergen Free University Amsterdam Siv Gustafsson University of Amsterdam Barbara Hobson University of Stockholm