Regulating Women : Policymaking and Practice in the UK, Paperback / softback Book

Regulating Women : Policymaking and Practice in the UK Paperback / softback

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A number of women's issues serve to create novel policy problems that require creative, and sometimes unique, regulatory and legal responses.

This book embarks upon a comparative case study approach to explore UK policymaking in the areas of abortion, rape, prostitution and pornography in turn.

Each chapter engages a different institutional perspective to explore the influence of a range of bodies such as the legal system, medical profession, civil society, police force and mass media.

The analysis reveals a common thread that runs throughout decision-making in these areas; a constant balancing act between regulation that purports to protect women, and regulation that supposedly reflects female liberation, with a continual dance between the labels of 'criminal' and 'victim' being performed by policy actors.

Largely reflective of a dogmatic approach to the status of women, it is argued that different institutions retain strongholds over policymaking in these domains, prohibiting a joined-up approach.

This has served to perpetuate harmful and negative stereotyping of women's issues and create countless conundrums when the activities of women fall into more than one policy category.

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