Analyzing Women's Substantive Representation: from critical mass to critical actors

SL Childs, ML Krook

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Abstract

This article makes a case for rethinking traditional approaches to the study of legislative behaviour on behalf of women by asking (1) not when women make a difference, but how the substantive representation of women occurs; and (2) not what ‘women’ do, but what specific actors do. The first shift aims to explore the contexts, identities and attitudes that motivate and inform substantive representation. The second seeks to move beyond a focus on female legislators to identify the ‘critical actors’, male and female, who may attempt to represent women as a group. In so doing, this framework calls attention to how structure and agency interact in the substantive representation of women.
Translated title of the contributionAnalyzing Women's Substantive Representation: from critical mass to critical actors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125 - 145
Number of pages21
JournalGovernment and Opposition
Volume44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Bibliographical note

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

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