Sunday, 25 November 2012

How far has British politics been feminised?

In the latest issue of the
Political Quarterly, a special collection of essays asks how far the feminisation of British politics has really gone, and where it goes from here. The disappointingly slow increase in the numbers of women in Parliament, including the lack of progress in the selection of female Conservative candidates and the fall in the number of Liberal Democrat women MPs, has reignited the century-old campaign to equalise the political representation of women and men in public life. With the demand for female quotas on corporate boards now reaching EU decision, new clarity emerging about women's voting patterns, and the many examples of greater political representation of women in other countries, a new debate has arisen about how women's representation in British institutions can be improved. Is constitutional reform needed to make parity compulsory?

The collection includes articles by Joni Lovenduski, Rosie Campbell, Ruth Fox, Rosa Malley, Sarah Childs, Rainbow Murray and others.Read three of the articles free online on the PQ website:
  • Joni Lovenduski’s Introduction to the collection here
  • Ruth Fox: ‘Too Important to Leave to Parties: The Case for Constitutionalising Equal Representation’ here
  • Rosa Malley: ‘Feeling at Home: Inclusion at Westminster and the Scottish Parliament’ here

Wednesday, 7 November 2012