Gender Quotas, Parity Reform, and Political Parties in France

Gender Quotas, Parity Reform, and Political Parties in France

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How did parity replace gender quotas in France as the preferred way to achieve greater representation for women in elected office? Why have these gender-based measures been embraced by some parties and not others? And, why do parties sometimes fail to implement quotas and parity? Gender Quotas, Parity Reform, and Political Parties in France considers this transition from quotas to parity, providing a history of French women's rights and the French electoral process, as well as an examination of the roles of the Socialist and Gaullist political parties.show more

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  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739108522
  • 9780739108529

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Katherine Opello's fine study tackles two of the most puzzling questions about French politics- why strong legislation on gender parity for elected office was passed in 1999 and 2000, and why this legislation produced such unimpressive results in the elections that followed. Her analysis of both of these questions tells us a great deal about French politics, and about the relationship between legislation and its implementation. -- Martin Schain, New York University This is an excelent, informative, brief volume on the impact of the French legislature's recent decisions on women's representation... Opello does a superb job explaining the historical and ideological reasons why the French legislature has lagged behind all other in Western Europe... Highly recommended. CHOICE In contrast to other works on gender quota...Opello inquires how women mobilizedinside each political party, and also-something that is much less known- how Gaullist women mobilized for gender quotas. French Politics, Culture, and Society Gender Quotas is a must-read for students of France and gender politics issues. It provides a trenchant analysis of how and to what end the Socialist and Gaullist parties responded to women's movement demands and took on parity reform. Opello does an outstanding job of chronicling the reform process inside the parties and of assessing its impact on women's representation in France. -- Amy Mazur, Washington State Universityshow more

About Katherine A.R. Opello

Katherine A. R. Opello is assistant professor of political science at Hollins University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Explaining French Women's Political Representation Chapter 3 Socialist and Gaullist Ideas Chapter 4 Electoral Incentives Chapter 5 Women's Groups Chapter 6 Party Women Chapter 7 Conclusionshow more

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