Sexuality Research and Social Policy

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 251–253 | Cite as

Ward, Eilís and Gillian Wylie (eds.), Feminism, Prostitution and the State. The Politics of Neo-Abolitionism

London/New York: Routledge 2017. ISBN 978-1-138-94540-1
  • Joyce OutshoornEmail author


Review of a comparative study of the rise of neo-abolitionist prostitution policies in seven mainly English-speaking countries, but includes Sweden and the Netherlands and the transnational arena. The case studies are very good, analysing systematically the driving factors to account for abolitionist policy success, but the overall study can be faulted for case study selection and the method of deriving the crucial factors.


Prostitution policy Anti-trafficking policy Neo-abolitionism Feminism Lobby groups 



  1. Outshoorn, J. V. (2017). European Union and prostitution policy. In S. Ø. Jahnsen & H. Wagenaar (Eds.), Assessing prostitution policy in Europe (pp. 364–376). Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands

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