This chapter covers the aims, arguments, and approach of the book to analysing gender and policy issues in comparative perspective. It defines the new area of Feminist Comparative Policy in terms of its six major features, the four major areas of research, and the scientific community and research infrastructure. The six major features of FCP include (1) an applied feminist empirical approach; (2) operationalizing normative feminist theory on democracy; (3) bringing the patriarchal state back in as a question for research; (4) using ‘gender’ as a category of analysis; (5) comparative and qualitative theory‐building in western post‐industrial democracies; (6) one‐way intersections with non‐feminist Political Science. The four major areas covered by FCP policy research consist of the following: (1) feminist policy formation; (2) feminist movements and policy; (3) state feminism; and (4) gender and welfare states.
Keywords: comparative theory, feminist empiricism, feminist movements, feminist policy formation, gender, normative feminist theory, patriarchal state, state feminism, welfare state, western post‐industrial democracies
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