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"The field's top scholars use an institutional framework to illuminate how rules and practices shape the passage of gender equality reforms in Chile." Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College, USA)

Gender, Institutions and Change in Bachelet's Chile, edited by Georgina Waylen

Gender, Institutions and Change in Bachelet's Chile, edited by Georgina Waylen
Gender, Institutions and Change in Bachelet's Chile, edited by Georgina Waylen and published by Palgrave.

Michele Bachelet, Chile's first female president, was elected in 2006 with an explicit gender agenda, promising to appoint new faces (including women) to her government and implement some positive gender change. After a period as the first head of UN Women, she was subsequently re-elected for a second term in 2013 with a decisive majority.

This volume focuses on Bachelet's efforts in both her first and second administrations to introduce progressive measures in Chile and the constraints that she has faced in a context where both formal and informal political institutions can act as barriers to change.

Written by leading experts in the field, the chapters highlight both the successes of Bachelet's governments and also the key battles that Bachelet faced, for example with regard to reproductive rights, electoral reform, and social protection.

Reviews

"This book assembles original essays from leading scholars to explore the gendered continuities and changes in political leadership dynamics and policy reforms across Michelle Bachelet's two presidencies." Mona Lena Krook (Rutgers University, USA)

"This volume provides nuanced analysis of Bachelet's governments' efforts to promote women and women's interests, and assesses impediments Bachelet and her team encountered due to Chile's formal institutions and informal norms or governing." Michelle M. Taylor Robinson (Texas A&M University, USA)

Chapter listings

Gendering Politics, Institutions and the Executive: Bachelet in Context - Georgina Waylen

Bachelet is Back: Reform Prospects and the Future of Democracy in Chile - Peter M. Siavelis

Disrupting Informal Institutions? Cabinet Formation in Chile in 2006 and 2014 - Susan Franceschet

Promoting Gender Equality: Michelle Bachelet and Formal and Informal Institutional Change within the Chilean Presidency - Gwynn Thomas

Opportunities and Constraints on Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change: Michelle Bachelet's Social Protection Agenda (2006-2010) - Silke Staab

Institutional Constraints to Engendering the Health Sector in Bachelet's Chile - Jasmine Gideon and Gabriela Alvarez Minte

Formal and Informal Institutional Challenges to Women's Reproductive Rights: Emergency Contraception and the Constitutional Tribunal in Chile - Carmen Sepulveda-Zelaya

Comparing Michelle Bachelet's Two Presidencies: Continuity or Change? - Georgina Waylen

The field's top scholars use an institutional framework to illuminate how rules and practices shape the passage of gender equality reforms in Chile.

Jennifer Piscopo / Occidental College, USA