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By Lisa D. Brush

Lisa D. Brush turns a gendered lens on states, energy, and governance, exhibiting the inherent inequalities in political structures and gender structures and the way they intersect. She unearths the best way kingdom energy helps male dominance in American and different western political structures. This publication an invaluable antidote to conventional textbooks on govt, the kingdom, politics, and social coverage.

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I use the conceptual distinction at the heart of this book-between how states govern gender and how gender organizes governance-to structure my multidimensional inspection of states and social policies through a gender lens. Government, Governance, Governmentality, and Gender Political scientists define government as “the agencies of highest public authority for a particular territorial unit . . continuous across particular administrations . . [and] act[ingl through but. . not identical to political institutions or administrative structures” (Weldon 2002).

State power, institutions, and procedures are complicated. Reducing complicated power relations to a single dimension (such as force or knowledge) is likely to result in misleading oversimplification. Mistakenly exaggerating the importance of one aspect over another will inspire poor political strategies. The point is that different notions of power obscure and reveal different ways in which states and social policies might be privileged sites or modes for social change. Where you look determines what you see.

Attending meaningfully to the difference between governor and governess-and its consequences for governance and gender-is possible if we use a gender lens to view states and social policies. In this chapter, I focus on defining governance and gender. I explain my choices among the many available ways of defining and analyzing both states and gender. I argue that how analysts think about power and gender shapes notions of governance, and that viewing states and social policies through a gender lens requires some conceptual retooling.

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