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Gendering the policy process
Venue shopping and diversity-seeking
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After considering other theoretical approaches, this chapter sets out a venue shopping framework to understand variation in skilled immigration policies from a gender perspective. The chapter argues that the engagement of feminist and immigrant associations (‘diversity-seeking groups’) in key policy venues is essential to ensure gender aware skilled immigration policies are achieved. Such venues include feminist bureaucratic networks within government, parliamentary committees, federalist structures and the courts. These institutional sites provide a vehicle for activists to contest immigration policies that might otherwise be determined exclusively within the core executive.

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