Women in Politics: a Review and Future Research
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Women in Politics: a Review and Future Research Agenda
Women in Politics: a Review and Future Research Agenda

Author(s): Anna Gwiazda
Subject(s): Politics, Public Administration, Public Law
Published by: Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN
Keywords: women’s political representation; descriptive representation; substantive representation; women in Polish politics

Summary/Abstract: Research on women in politics is burgeoning. Scholars try to understand the underrepresentation of women in political institutions and propose means to address this problem. A useful way to approach the subject of women’s political representation is Pitkin’s framework. By examiningdescriptive and substantive representation, important and timely questions can be raised. This article summarises the main arguments in the field and suggests useful avenues for future research. While literature on descriptive representation provides a fairly good account of women’s presence in politics, substantive representation is still underexplored. In the Polish context, more research should be conducted, inter alia, in the fields of informal institutions, women’s interests and substantive representation in general.

  • Issue Year: 45/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 129-144
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English