- What impact does gender difference make to political decision-making? - Will the political empowerment of women contribute to a more peaceful world? The role of gender has been increasingly recognized as central to the study and analysis of the traditionally male domains of war and international relations. This book explores the key role of gender in peace research, conflict resolution and international politics. Rather than simply 'add gender' the aim is to transcend different disciplinary boundaries and conceptual approaches to provide a more integrated basis for future study. To this end it uniquely combines theoretical chapters alongside empirical case studies to demonstrate the i

Gender, Power and Politics: An Alternative Perspective

Gender, Power and Politics: An Alternative Perspective

Gender, power and politics: An alternative perspective


In Western liberal democracies, women constitute at least half of the voters. Why, then, are they so under-represented among elected representatives in parliaments? In most of these countries women have had the vote for over 70 years. Surely this is sufficient time for women voters to alter significantly the gender composition of elected representatives in the various parliaments. The puzzle is not relieved by the more recent democracies of newly independent countries: there the same pattern prevails. Yet to suggest that the latter are imitating the former is to fly in the face of the integrity of political process in these countries (Duncan & O'Brien, 1983). To unravel this conundrum we shall ...

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