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    Engendering the health agenda? Reflections on the Chilean case, 2000-2010

    Gideon, Jasmine (2012) Engendering the health agenda? Reflections on the Chilean case, 2000-2010. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 19 (3), pp. 333-360. ISSN 1072-4745.

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    Abstract

    Despite a growing body of research on gender and social policy, little attention has been given to work on the health sector. Drawing on the Chilean case, this paper examines the opportunities and constraints for producing positive gender outcomes in health policy. The paper argues that only limited progress has been made in integrating gender issues into the health sector despite several entry points introduced over the past decade. Part of the explanation lies in the continuing dominance of economic technocrats in the design of health sector reform. Even where attention is given to gender within the health sector, it has been narrowly defined, with a predominant focus on “equity” rather than “equality” issues and an on-going failure to acknowledge the contribution of the care economy in the majority of health reform debates. At the same time, relatively few women's organizations work on these issues and much of the work to broaden out notions of gender and health and push for change has fallen to a few key individuals. The Chilean political context has also limited the possibility for pushing for change within the health sector despite progress in other areas of social policy.

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