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Sexual Subordination and State Intervention
Comparing Sweden and the United States
R. Amy Elman
160 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-071-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 1996)
ISBN 978-1-57181-072-4 $29.95/£23.95 / Pb / Published (February 2000)
"Elman's analysis reveals a surprising conclusion about policy innovation and responsiveness." · Journal of Women's History
One would expect a welfare state such as Sweden to compare favorably with the United States regarding implementation of public policies and programs. Surprisingly, the author comes to quite different conclusions: in studying the treatment of battered, raped and sexually-harassed women in the two countries, she has found that, contrary to conventional expectation, the ability of the decentralized American state to innovate effectively has been consistently underestimated, whereas Sweden's ability to do the same has often been exaggerated.
R. Amy Elman is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kalamazoo College, Michigan.
Subject: Gender Studies and SexualityCultural Studies (General)
Area: North AmericaNorthern Europe
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