Representing Women in Parliament: A Comparative Study

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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)

Meet the Author

Marian Sawer leads the Democratic Audit of Australia at the Australian National University and chairs the Research Committee on Gender, Politics and Policy of the International Political Science Association.

Manon Tremblay is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Research Centre on Women and Politics at the University of Ottawa.

Linda Trimble is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

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Table of Contents

Preface Karen Fogg, Director Secretary-General, International IDEA

Introduction Marian Sawer, Manon Tremblay and Linda Trimble

Part 1: The Descriptive Representation of Women

1. Australia: Ian McAllister, Australian National University

2. Canada: Lisa Young, University of Calgary

3. New Zealand: Elizabeth McLeay, Victoria University of Wellington

4. The United Kingdom: Donley T. Studlar, West Virginia University

Part 2: The Substantive Representation of Women

5. Australia: Marian Sawer, Australian National University

6. Canada: Linda Trimble, University of Alberta

7. New Zealand: Sandra Grey, Victoria University of Wellington

8. The United Kingdom: Sarah Childs, University of Bristol

Part 3: New Institutions, New Opportunities?

9. Northern Ireland: Yvonne Galligan, Queen’s University, Belfast

10. Scotland: Fiona Mackay, University of Edinburgh

11. Wales: Paul Chaney, Cardiff University

12. Nunavut: Manon Tremblay and Jackie Steele, University of Ottawa

Conclusion: Jennifer Curtin, Monash University

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