Women and British Party Politics: Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation / Edition 1by Sarah Childs
Pub. Date: 08/06/2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Women and British Party Politics examines the characteristics of women's participation at the mass and elite level in contemporary British politics; as voters, party members and elected representatives respectively. It explores what this means for ideas about, and the practice of, descriptive, substantive and symbolic representation. The main focus is on/em>… See more details below
Women and British Party Politics examines the characteristics of women's participation at the mass and elite level in contemporary British politics; as voters, party members and elected representatives respectively. It explores what this means for ideas about, and the practice of, descriptive, substantive and symbolic representation. The main focus is on the feminization of British party politics - the integration of women into formal political institutions and the integration of women's concerns and perspectives into political debate and policy - in the post-1997 period.
Not only specifically designed to bring together cutting-edge conceptual developments in the sub-discipline of gender and politics, with robust British empirical research, this book also presents reflections on how best to study gender and politics. The empirical findings which are presented through the extensive use of case studies derive from a range of research projects which were undertaken over a period of ten years, and which make use of a variety of research methods and techniques.
This book will appeal to all those with an interest in British Politics, Feminism and European Studies; and will provide the reader with an overview of the complex relationship between sex, gender and politics in a conceptually sophisticated fashion.
Table of Contents
Sect. I Political participation and descriptive representation 1
1 Women's political participation and voting Rosie Campbell Campbell, Rosie Sarah Childs Childs, Sarah 3
2 Feminizing British political parties 23
3 Women's legislative recruitment 59
Sect. II Substantive and symbolic representation 91
4 Representation: Why women's presence matters 93
5 The substantive representation of women Sarah Childs Childs, Sarah Mona Lena Krook Krook, Mona Lena 108
6 Women politicians, the media and symbolic representation 140
Appendix A 171
Appendix B 174
Appendix C 175
Appendix D 176
Appendix E 179
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