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Critical actors vs. critical mass: the substantive representation of women in the Scottish Parliament

Chaney, Paul 2012. Critical actors vs. critical mass: the substantive representation of women in the Scottish Parliament. The British Journal of Politics & International Relations 14 (3) , pp. 441-457. 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2011.00467.x

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Recent theory-building on the substantive representation of women (SRW) in parliamentary settings contends that in addition to traditional concerns about achieving a ‘critical mass’ of women, scholars need to question who the ‘critical actors’ are. Analysis of a range of deliberative functions of the Scottish Parliament supports the critical actor thesis—yet, while female critical actors have disproportionate policy-making influence, the present study adds to contemporary understanding by highlighting that it is how critical actors interact with critical mass that plays a key role in the SRW. Thus future work needs to be cognisant of a range of factors shaping critical mass/critical actor interaction, including: institutional mechanisms, type of parliamentary proceeding, party allegiance and whether women representatives belong to the party forming the executive.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
Uncontrolled Keywords: representation; women; deliberation; Scottish Parliament; versus
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1369-1481
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:32

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