Learning from feminist scholarship on the welfare state

Marie Laperrière, Ann Shola Orloff

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The chapter discusses the ways in which welfare states have responded to the challenge of an emerging care deficit in both rich and poor countries, and to the challenge of persistent patterns of gender inequality in wages and opportunities. Gender relations remain central to social politics and social policies. The chapter assesses to what extent welfare states have been successful in promoting gender equality. It is claimed that even in places where there is an explicit commitment to gender equality, concerns with gendered power, or with the role of social policies in addressing gender vulnerabilities, is too often absent from political discourses. Although gender awareness has become the norm in much welfare state scholarship, issues of power are often occluded. The conclusion is that to better understand the potential of states to promote gender equality, one has to build on the long tradition of feminist scholarship that has emphasized the workings of power inside welfare states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGlobalizing Welfare
Subtitle of host publicationAn Evolving Asian-European Dialogue
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781788975841
ISBN (Print)9781788975834
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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