Feminist Policymaking in Chile

Feminist Policymaking in Chile

by Liesl Haas

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The election of Michelle Bachelet as president of Chile in 2006 gave new impetus to the struggle in that country for legislation to improve women’s rights and highlighted a process that had already been under way for some time. In Feminist Policymaking in Chile, Liesl Haas investigates the efforts of Chilean feminists to win policy reforms on a broad range of gender equity issues—from labor and marriage laws, to educational opportunities, to health and reproductive rights. Between 1990 and 2008, sixty-three bills were put forward in the Chilean legislature as a result of pressure brought by the feminist movement and its allies. Haas examines all these bills, identifying the conditions under which feminist policymaking was most likely to succeed. In doing so, she develops a predictive theory of policy success that is broadly applicable to other Latin American countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271074436
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 382 KB

About the Author

Liesl Haas is Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

List of Abbreviations xiii

Introduction: Feminist Policymaking and the Struggle for Women's Equality 1

1 The Rules of the Game: Explaining Feminist Policy Outcomes 21

2 Feminist Policy Reform in Chile 53

3 Success at a Price: Passing Domestic Violence Legislation 97

4 The Limits of Framing: Legislating Abortion Rights 119

5 Winning the Game: The Legalization of Divorce 145

6 Conclusion: The Future of Feminist Policymaking 169

Appendixes 185

References 203

Index 221

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