"Captures an array of findings that challenge the conventional wisdom on public policies pertaining to women. . . . This work is innovative and will appeal to scholars across several fields—social policy, comparative politics, international studies, women’s studies, criminal justice, and sociology."
—Amy Elman, director of women’s studies and associate co-director of the Center for West European Studies at Kalamazoo College
“In recent decades, women’s movements have mobilized in a range of contexts in order to press for international and national governmental responses to violence against women. Despite the scope of such activity in the public realm, there has been relatively little scholarly analysis of cross-national variations in governmental responses to the problem of violence against women. Laurel Weldon’s study is an important response to this scholarly gap in both the fields of policy studies and of women and politics. . . . will be useful to a wide range of scholars, policymakers and activists interested in a broad comparative perspective on the problem of violence against women.” — Journal of the APSA
“For an unerringly scrupulous crafting of an argument, this study cannot be surpassed. . . . This is an ambitious and meticulous book from which scholars of policy change will profoundly benefit.”—Political Science Quarterly
“[Weldon’s] attempts to bring scientific rigor to a very important, but grossly neglected, policy arena are really quite bold. . . . Weldon’s stimulating book offers something for everyone.” --American Journal of Sociology