Engendering Transitions: Womens Mobilization, Institutions and Gender Outcomes

Paperback | June 6, 2007

byGeorgina Waylen

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What has been the impact of transitions to democracy on gender relations? What roles have women's mobilizations played in processes of democratization? In a new and over-arching thematic analysis, Engendering Transitions answers these questions by comparing the transitions from state socialismand authoritarianism that took place as part of the 'third wave' of democratization that swept the world from the mid 1970s onwards. Using empirical material drawn from eight case study countries in East Central Europe and Latin America as well as South Africa, Georgina Waylen explores the gendered constraints and opportunities provided by processes of democratization and economic restructuring. This book uses a sophisticatedanalytical framework that brings together the analysis of key actors and institutions and shows that, under certain conditions, transitions to democracy can result in some positive gender outcomes such as improvements in women's political representation and more 'gender sensitive' policy in areassuch as domestic violence. Georgina Waylen argues that women's mobilization during transitions is no guarantee of success and change is easier to achieve in some areas than others. Understanding the roles that can be played by organized women's movements, key actors and the wider political environment is crucial in helping usto explain why these gender outcomes vary in different contexts. This book addresses important debates within the study of both comparative politics and gender and politics and substantially improves our understanding of the ways in which transitions to democracy are gendered.

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What has been the impact of transitions to democracy on gender relations? What roles have women's mobilizations played in processes of democratization? In a new and over-arching thematic analysis, Engendering Transitions answers these questions by comparing the transitions from state socialismand authoritarianism that took place as par...

Georgina Waylen is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has researched and written extensively on gender and transitions to democracy for over fifteen years. Her articles on this theme have been published in a range of journals including World Politics, Journal of Latin American Studies, Democratization...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:June 6, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199248044

ISBN - 13:9780199248049

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PART ONE: ANALYSING GENDER AND TRANSITIONS1. Gender and Politics2. The Democratization Literature3. FrameworkPART TWO: WOMEN'S ORGANIZING4. Democratization, Civil Society and Social Movements5. Women's Organizing in Non Democratic Regimes6. Women's Organizing in the Breakdown7. Women's Organizing in the Transition Phase8. Post Transition Women's OrganizingPART THREE: THE ELECTORAL ARENA9. Non Democratic Regimes10. The Breakdown and Transition11. Post TransitionPART FOUR: THE STATE AND POLICY OUTCOMES12. Non Democratic Regimes13. Post Transition Outcomes14. Social and Economic TransitionsConclusionsAppendicesReferences