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Women in the European Parliament: effects of the voting system, strategies and political resources. The case of the French delegation. GSPE Working Paper 10/28/2008

Beauvallet, Willy and Michon, Sebastien. (2008) Women in the European Parliament: effects of the voting system, strategies and political resources. The case of the French delegation. GSPE Working Paper 10/28/2008. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This article aims to provide elements to explain the feminisation of French MEPs. While the voting system should be taken into account, its effects can only be understood in relation with two elements: on the one hand, the position of the European Parliament in the French political field; on the other, the specific configuration of social and political struggles of the public space in 1990s France. Within this framework, gender constitutes a political resource that is more valuable in the European Parliament than in the national parliament; as a result, women who are less politically professionalised are promoted. They turn towards forms of parliamentary "goodwill" and strategies of over-involvement in European political roles. The relative specificity of the postures they adopt within the institution does not have to do with a hypothetical "feminine nature", but with a set of sociopolitical processes.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender and politics, MEPs, European elections, Political paths, Parliamentary work, Parliamentary activities.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > gender policy/equal opportunity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Political Sociology (University of Strasbourg) > Working Papers
    Depositing User: Mr Jean-Yves Bart
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010
    Page Range: p. 20
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:20
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12440

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