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Action publique et rapports de genre


  • Sandrine Dauphin


This article considers, on the one hand, how public policy shapes gender relations and, on the other, the extent to which gender is a basis for public policy. Based on a literature survey, we distinguished four issues: 1) the Welfare State is moving towards a new form of maternalism in public policy, which is compatible with support for female employment; 2) public policies are starting to take into account the care issue, but this is leading neither to a valorization of care activity nor to an increase in men?s involvement in these kinds of activities; 3) mainstreaming seems to be facilitating the dilution of gender equality in public policy, with a key issue being the preservation of gender benefits won in the past; and 4) public policies are confronted with the conflict between specific and integrated strategies, which is inherent to gender equality claiming. JEL classification codes: J78, Z13, H0.

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  • Sandrine Dauphin, 2010. "Action publique et rapports de genre," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 0(3), pages 265-289.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:reofsp:reof_114_0265

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    public policy; gender; Welfare State; feminism; gender equality;

    JEL classification:

    • J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • H0 - Public Economics - - General


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