- 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
Chapter 6: Women in Political Decisionmaking: From Critical Mass to Critical Acts in Scandinavia
Women in Political Decisionmaking: From Critical Mass to Critical Acts in Scandinavia
Introduction: Four Arguments
If more women are involved in political decisionmaking, will that make a difference? Will the political empowerment of women contribute to a more peaceful world? In research as well as in political life, this question has been heavily debated, with no definite answer. And why? Probably because, when put that simply, the question cannot be answered in any meaningful way.
Early in the twentieth century, Georg Simmel had noted the paradox: while women are placed in one general category, this very placement also prevents women from forming a group among themselves and developing solidarity with each other (Simmel, quoted in Cassel, ...