Parity Democracy: Women's Political Representation in Fifth Republic France

Front Cover
UBC Press, Jul 1, 2011 - Political Science - 204 pages
0 Reviews

In recent years, several countries have adopted measures such as candidate gender quotas to increase women's presence in electoral politics. France adopted gender parity reforms laws to ensure equal access to elected office for women and men in 1999 and 2000. What influence have these reforms had on women's political representation?

In Parity Democracy, Jocelyne Praud and Sandrine Dauphin assess the evolution of France's gender parity reforms, from their historical roots to their recent extension beyond the electoral sphere. Drawing on interviews with both parity advocates and opponents, as well as on key European and French legal documents, they show that although parity reforms have not dramatically boosted women's representation in the National Assembly, they have set in motion a process of feminization in the electoral sphere that bodes well for the future of parity democracy.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
1 French Womens Struggle for Political Rights and Parity
9
Interviews with Parity Advocates and Critics
41
Founding Documents on Gender Parity in Politics
111
Conclusion
141
Chronology of French Womens Struggle for Political Rights
147
Interview Guide
153
Notes
155
Bibliography
175
Index
185
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Jocelyne Praud teaches in the Departments of Political Science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Island University. Sandrine Dauphin is a researcher affiliated with the Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris, a research laboratory of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique.

Bibliographic information