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The first book-length treatment of the political representation of women in countries with parliamentary systems based on the Westminster model. Written by a major international team of authors, this new study features twelve chapters on both new and established parliaments, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It tests the latest theories about women's political representation within Westminster style assemblies and is organized into three key sections that: * examine the extent to which the descriptive representation of women in the 'old' Westminster parliaments has progressed in recent years, and the factors which have enhanced or impeded development. * explore the relationship between the numbers of women elected and the substantive representation of women - or the extent that women 'act for' women. * review the recent experiences of four 'new' Westminster parliaments (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Nunavut) and evaluate the political opportunities for women provided by the creation of new institutions. This new comparative study will be of great interest to students and researchers of legislative studies and of gender politics and gender studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415393164
ISBN-10: 0415393167
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Marian Sawer

Marian Sawer leads the Democratic Audit of Australia at the Australian National University and chairs the Research Committee on Gender, Politics and Policy of the International Political Science Association. Manon Tremblay is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Research Centre on Women and Politics at the University of Ottawa. Linda Trimble is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

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