Do Women Need Women MPs? a comparison of mass and elite attitudes

R Campbell, SL Childs, J Loveduski

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Abstract

This article analyses the relationship between the representatives and the represented by comparing elite and mass attitudes to gender equality and women’s representation in Britain. In so doing, the authors take up arguments in the recent theoretical literature on representation that question the value of empirical research of Pitkin’s distinction between substantive and descriptive representation. They argue that if men and women have different attitudes at the mass level, which are reproduced amongst political elites, then the numerical under-representation of women may have negative implications for women’s substantive representation. The analysis is conducted on the British Election Study (BES) and the British Representation Study (BRS) series.
Translated title of the contributionDo Women Need Women MPs? a comparison of mass and elite attitudes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171 - 194
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
Volume40, 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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