This book offers a powerful new approach to policy studies. Drawing on recent perspectives from social constructionism, discourse analysis, the sociology of social problems and feminism, Carol Bacchi develops a step-by-step analytical tool for deconstructing policy problems. Her `What's the Problem?' approach encourages students to reflect critically upon the ways in which policy problems get constructed within policy debates and policy proposals.

Pay Equity: On Whose Terms?

Pay Equity: On Whose Terms?
Pay equity: On whose terms?

The first chapter in this section looks at equal pay because, in the modern period following the Second World War, this was the first area in which legislative reforms targeted the ‘problem’ of ‘women's inequality’. Given what has been said in the Preamble to this part of the book about the characterization of this problem as lack of access to the labour force, this is not surprising. We have already touched briefly on some of the limitations of this problem representation – the assumption that paid work produces freedom, the emphasis on independence at the expense of those who are and must be dependent, and the effects of a focus on jobs, displacing consideration of nonmarket ...

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