This chapter considers the operation of women’s policy agencies in relation to two challenges: the fragmentation of the women’s movement and the restructuring of the state. Paradoxically, women’s policy agencies have emerged to represent the voice of the women’s movement within the state just as the women’s movement was fragmenting into a series of diverse groups and loosely aligned networks, with no ideological core, and the state appeared to be being ‘hollowed out’, with its traditional responsibilities being dispersed vertically (to local and supranational institutions) and horizontally (to courts, executive agencies and civil society organizations).
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