State Feminism and Political Representation. Edited by Joni
Lovenduski with Claudie Baudino, Marila Guadagnini, Petra Meier, and Diane
Sainsbury. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 315p., $34.99
paper, $85.00 cloth.
This latest volume from the Research Network on Gender Politics and
the State (RNGS), inspired by Amy Mazur and Dorothy Stetson's 1995
Comparative State Feminism, explores women's campaigns for
political representation in 10 European Union countries (Austria, Belgium,
Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden) and the
United States. The introduction and conclusion outline the RNGS framework,
hypotheses, and findings, based on 33 debates (the basic unit of analysis)
over three decades. Eleven chapters present each country's debates.
RNGS promotes a theory of state feminism defined as “the advocacy of
women's movement demands inside the state” (p. 4).