Feminist Allies and Strategic Partners: Exploring the Relationship between the Women’s Movement and Political Parties

Elizabeth Evans

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Abstract

Western political parties have been in decline in recent decades and they continue to be viewed as male institutions. Despite this, electoral politics is important to the women’s movement as a means by which to advance feminist interests. This article builds upon feminist critiques of political parties by analyzing original qualitative data undertaken with feminists in the United States and United Kingdom in order to explore how activists view political parties. The research finds that although many hold negative views, in line with broader debates concerning disengagement, they also recognize the importance of electoral politics and the need to work with individual politicians. Party and feminist ideology shapes those views, whereby politicians on the left are viewed as feminist allies and those on the right are framed as strategic partners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-640
Number of pages10
JournalParty Politics
Volume22
Issue number5
Early online date14 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • US and UK Parties
  • women’s movement
  • feminism

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