Amy Gale Mazur

Washington State University
Politics, Philosophy and Publc Affairs

School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, WSU
Box 644880
Pullman, WA
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In general, I focus my research on the degree to which the contemporary western state has taken on demands for women's rights and status. I take a comparative and empirical theory-building approach and use both qualitative and quantitative methods. I have three streams of research. In the first, I focus on the impact of women's policy agencies in terms of whether and to what degree they descriptively and substantively represent women's interests in the state. Here my work has been with the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State- a 40 person research group I co convene which has produced 7 books and a data set ( In the second research stream, I assess if, how and to what end the contemporary state has developed purposefully feminist policy. The co edited special issue of Comparative European Politics (with Mark Pollock in 2009) represents the comparative work I do in this area. I also co convene with Joni Lovenduski and Isabelle Engeli, the Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project (GEPP), a large-scale cross-national collaborative project on gender equality policy implementation and impact In GEPP, we use a mixed methods approach to assess whether gender equality policies across 8 policy have achieved their original goals in outputs and outcomes. I also develop theory from the French case. The final stream of my work is methodological with a focus on conceptualization and multi methods work. The book I co edited with Gary Goertz with CUP is in this part of my research agenda, Politics, Gender and Concepts as well as an article I wrote with Dorothy McBride -- "Integrating Two Cultures in Mixed Methods Research: A Tale of the State Feminism Project" in the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Newsletter in 2010.

Mazur, Amy. 2002. Theorizing Feminist Policy. London: Oxford University Press.
Mazur, Amy, and Gary Goertz, eds. 2008. Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Methodology. Cambridge University Press.
Mazur, Amy, and Dorthy McBride. 2010. The Politics of State Feminism: Innovation in Comparative Research.Temple University Press.

Substantive Focus:
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY