When Do Governments Promote Women's Rights? A Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Sex Equality Policy

@article{Htun2010WhenDG,
  title={When Do Governments Promote Women's Rights? A Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Sex Equality Policy},
  author={Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  year={2010},
  volume={8},
  pages={207 - 216}
}
This essay proposes a framework to analyze cross-national variation in women's legal rights. To explore the distinct logics of policy change, we disaggregate sex equality policies on two dimensions: 1) whether they improve the status of women as a group or alleviate gender-based class inequalities, and 2) whether or not they challenge the doctrine of organized religion and the codified tradition of major cultural groups. We show that policies promoting gender equality seek fundamental social… 

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