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date: 19 September 2019

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This article uses the work of feminist researchers to describe the trend of women’s policy agencies and forwards several primary questions, issues, findings, and emerging research agendas. It presents an outline of the growth and spread of agencies during the twentieth century and addresses three assumptions central to the study of agencies and state feminism. The article concludes with a section on the methods, framework, research results, and theory of state feminism in Western postindustrial democracies. The discussion also references the work of the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State, whose results challenge the agencies’ effectiveness.

Keywords: feminist researchers, women’s policy agencies, study of agencies, state feminism, Research Network on Gender Politics and the State, effectiveness

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