Representing Women in Parliament: A Comparative Study

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Overview

The first book-length treatment of the political representation of women in countries with parliamentary systems based on the Westminster model.

Written by a major international team of authors, this new study features twelve chapters on both new and established parliaments, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It tests the latest theories about women's political representation within Westminster style assemblies and is organized into three key sections that:

  • examine the extent to which the descriptive representation of women in the ‘old’ Westminster parliaments has progressed in recent years, and the factors which have enhanced or impeded development.

  • explore the relationship between the numbers of women elected and the substantive representation of women – or the extent that women ‘act for’ women.

  • review the recent experiences of four ‘new’ Westminster parliaments (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Nunavut) and evaluate the political opportunities for women provided by the creation of new institutions.

This new comparative study will be of great interest to students and researchers of legislative studies and of gender politics and gender studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415479523
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : patterns and practice in the parliamentary representation of women 1
2 Women's electoral representation in Australia 27
3 Women's representation in the Canadian House of Commons 47
4 Climbing on : rules, values and women's representation in the New Zealand parliament 67
5 Women and Westminster : descriptive representation in the United Kingdom 83
6 When women support women ... Emily's list and the substantive representation of women in Australia 103
7 When do women count? : substantive representation of women in Canadian legislatures 120
8 The 'new world'? : the substantive representation of women in New Zealand 134
9 The house turned upside down? : the difference labour's women MPs made 152
10 Descriptive and substantive representation in new parliamentary spaces : the case of Scotland 171
11 Women and constitutional reform : gender parity in the National Assembly for Wales 188
12 Women in Northern Ireland's politics : feminising an 'armed patriarchy' 204
13 Paradise lost? : gender parity and the Nunavut experience 221
14 Conclusion : gendering political representation in the old and new worlds of Westminster 236
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