Previous studies of transitional gender politics typically combine social movement theory with larger theories of state (Alvarez 1990) and/or with policy research and historical institutionalism (Waylen 2003, 158; 2007, 46). The first section of this chapter gives an overview of previous approaches used to analyse gender politics during transitions as well as especially pertinent approaches within policy research. It outlines their strengths and limitations in analysing gender politics and policy-making and thereupon suggests resorting to Bourdieu’s field theory to overcome these limitations.
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