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Comparing Candidate Selection: A Feminist Institutionalist Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Univ Edinburgh, Sch Social & Polit Sci, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, Midlothian, Scotland.
2016 (English)In: Government and Opposition, ISSN 0017-257X, E-ISSN 1477-7053, Vol. 51, no 3, 370-392 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This contribution evaluates the theoretical and methodological challenges ofresearching the gendered dynamics of candidate selection in comparativeperspective. It argues that comparative studies should take into account not only thegendered nature of political parties and their wider institutional context, but mustalso investigate the informal aspects of the selection process and their genderedconsequences. The article explores these dynamics by revisiting original in-depthresearch on the candidate selection process in two different settings – Thailand andScotland. Using a common analytical framework, the article reflects on this workand points to two key aspects of the interaction between formal and informal rules –the gendered consequences of informal party recruitment and of local influenceover candidate selection – which are critically important for understanding thecontinuity of male political dominance and female under-representation. The articleconcludes by outlining a research agenda for comparative work on gender, institutionsand candidate selection and pointing to future directions for work in this area.

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2016. Vol. 51, no 3, 370-392 p.
Keyword [en]
candidate selection, gender, feminist institutionalism, political parties, informal institutions
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-289268DOI: 10.1017/gov.2016.4ISI: 000375947700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-289268DiVA: diva2:924965
Political parties and women’s political representation: The role of bureaucratized candidate selection procedures
Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1638
Available from: 2016-04-29 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-07-06Bibliographically approved

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