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The Critical Mass Theory in Public and Scholarly Debates
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 000-0002-2981-9955
2014 (English)In: Deeds and Words: Gendering Politics after Joni Lovenduski / [ed] Rosie Campell, Colchester: ECPR Press, 2014, 137-163 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The critical mass theory in political science derives from original works of Moss Kanter (1977), and Drude Dahlerup (1988). In spite of scholarly reservations about this theory  (it is argumed that women do not have to be a critical mass, for instance 30%, in order to make a difference on policies, and other factors than the numerical representation might be just as important), the theory lives on public debate, being used in discourses about increasing women's numerical representation and in arguments for the adoption fo electoral gender quotas. This article scrutinizes both the scholarly and the public debates on the cirtical mass theory.

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Colchester: ECPR Press, 2014. 137-163 p.
Keyword [en]
critical mass, women, representation, Joni Lovenduski
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110423ISBN: 9781907301520OAI: diva2:771308
Available from: 2014-12-12 Created: 2014-12-12 Last updated: 2015-03-20Bibliographically approved

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