Mobilizing for Policy Change: Women's Movements in Central and Eastern European Domestic Violence Policy Struggles

Edited by Andrea Krizsan, research fellow at CEU’s Center for Policy Studies, the aim of this volume is to explore and understand the influence of women's movement mobilization on domestic violence policy change in Central and Eastern Europe. This volume addresses a series of questions, such as what are the dynamics that led to movement successes in the region? Which movements and the strategies they adopt are successful in promoting progressive policy change? Why do some movements manage to secure policy change that is women's rights friendly, while others lose control beyond setting the agenda? How do alliances, institutionalization and framing make a difference? And how patterns of achieving policy influence resemble or differ from patterns found in Western post-industrialized states? Are Central and Eastern European domestic violence policy processes any different? The book develops a theoretical framework explaining the links between mobilization and change, followed by the portrayal of in-depth case studies on Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, and Romania.

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