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Sweden: Step by Step: Women’s Inroads into Parliamentary Politics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2013 (English)In: Breaking male dominance in old democracies / [ed] Drude Dahlerup & Monique Leijenaar, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, 1, 97-123 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In worldwide comparisons of women in national parliaments, Sweden is regularly ranked at the top of the lists. Since universal suffrage was introduced in 1921, the proportion of women parliamentarians has gradually increased to the current level, with a take-off phase in the 1970s when the 20 per cent threshold was passed. Thus, the development can be characterized as incremental. The chapter analyses women’s access to power and influence in the Swedish parliament in three stages, which can be seen as critical junctures representing crucial institutional and discursive changes. The three stages identified are: ‘the obligatory woman’ (1921–1971), ‘the 51% minority’ (1972–1993), and ‘every other one for the ladies’ (1994–2012). This chapter argues that in order to explain women’s inroads into Swedish politics, one must pay close attention to institutions, actors, and discourses shaping the outcome. Key actors analysed are political parties including party leaders, women’s federations, and the autonomous women’s movement.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, 1. 97-123 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Swedish parliament, candidate selection, zipper system, women’s federations
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-102572DOI: 0.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653898.003.0005ISBN: 9780191751578ISBN: 978-0-19-965389-8ISBN: 0199653895OAI: diva2:713815
Available from: 2014-04-24 Created: 2014-04-09 Last updated: 2015-08-06Bibliographically approved

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