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Engendering representative democracy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2011 (English)In: The Future of Representative Democracy / [ed] Sonia Alonso, John Keane and Wolfgang Merkel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , 2011, 144-168 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Fifty years ago politics was totally male dominated. Since then, a process of engendering has taken place. Based on the feminist critique of gender blind democratic theory and practice, this article discusses the ‘how’, the’ who’ and the ‘what’ of representation. It is argued that a new global discourse of exclusion has shifted the focus from women’s (lack of) resources and political differences between women to the lack of inclusiveness of the political institutions themselves. To the normative link between the inclusion of women and other under-represented groups and representative democracy, a new link is added at the meso-level, stressing the procedural link between the how and the who. Gender quotas make such a link, opening up the ‘secret garden of nominations’ in making the important processes of selection and nomination of candidates for election more formalized and transparent.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , 2011. 144-168 p.
Keyword [en]
Democracy, Representation, Gender, Exclusion
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56414ISBN: 978-1-107-00356-9OAI: diva2:411129
Available from: 2011-04-15 Created: 2011-04-15 Last updated: 2012-01-30Bibliographically approved

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