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Has Democracy Failed Women?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2981-9955
2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Why are women still under-represented in politics? Can we speak of democracy when women are not fully included in political decision-making? Some argue that we are on the right track to full gender equality in politics, while others talk about women hitting the glass ceiling or being included in institutions with shrinking power, not least as a result of neo-liberalism. In this powerful essay, internationally renowned scholar of gender and politics Drude Dahlerup explains how democracy has failed women and what can be done to tackle it. Political institutions, including political parties, she argues, are the real gatekeepers to elected positions all over the world, but they need to be much more inclusive. By reforming these institutions and carefully implementing gender quotas we can move towards improved gender equality and greater democratization.

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Cambridge: Polity Press, 2017. , p. 169
Keywords [en]
women, gender, democracy, reepresentation, quotas, state feminism, UNSCR 1325
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151784ISBN: 978-1-5095-1636-0 (print)ISBN: 978-1-5095-1637-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151784DiVA, id: diva2:1175557
Available from: 2018-01-18 Created: 2018-01-18 Last updated: 2018-01-18Bibliographically approved

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