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Žene u politickoj eliti Srbije
Women in Serbian Political Elite

Author(s): Ana S. Vuković
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Nova srpska politička misao
Keywords: political elite; influence; political participation; gender; political status

Summary/Abstract: The findings examined in this paper are part of the research submitted by the author during 2007, considering political elite in Serbian National Assembly and the relationship between political influence, gender and status of women in Parliament. During the period of post-communist transition in Serbia, women’s influence in politics was very low in general. There were 1.6% of women deputies in 1991, and 20.8% in 2007. The main hypothesis of the research is that although the number of women in Serbian politics has recently increased, their political influence is not very strong. The author also examines the hypothesis concerning the existence of gender differences in politics by analyzing opinions of both female and male MPs. Women politicians think that the role of women in high politics and their influence is still lower than it should be. According to the findings there is a gap between men’s and women’s political agenda and there are also differences between their political behavior. Opinions about ‘quota’ are different. Some women think that it is the so-called positive discrimination, others think that critical mass is necessary, especially in ‘fragile’ societies in transition.

  • Issue Year: 16/2008
  • Issue No: 03+04
  • Page Range: 207-230
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Serbian