Electoral Incentives, Critical Actors, and the Substantive Representation of Women in Parliament

Faculty/Professorship: Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Abschlussarbeiten ; Empirical Political Science  
Author(s): Höhmann, Daniel
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 166 (Getrennte Zählung) ; Illustrationen, Diagramme
Supervisor(s): Sieberer, Ulrich  ; Saalfeld, Thomas  
Language(s): English
Kumulative Dissertation, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, 2021
DOI: 10.20378/irb-49705
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC - Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-497055
When and how does the susbstantive representation of women in parliament occur? This dissertation makes two main contributions in this regard. First, it analyzes when female MPs represent women’s interests in parliament. Regarding the ‘when’ and ‘why’ of women’s substantive representation, this dissertation investigates how the institutional environment affects the parliamentary behavior of female MPs and their opportunities to focus on the representation of women’s interests. In particular, it explores the effect of the electoral system and asks whether the electoral incentive structure influences whether and to what extent female legislators represent women-specific issues more frequently than their male colleagues do. Second, this dissertation broadens our understanding of the potential actors in women’s substantive representation and explicitly analyzes whether, when and why male MPs represent women’s interests in parliament. It examines whether the presence of women in parliament has an effect on male MPs’ behavior and their decision to actively represent women’s interests. Moreover, it analyzes whether the electoral vulnerability of male MPs has an effect on their willingness to pay attention to women’s concerns.
GND Keywords: Deutschland. Deutscher Bundestag; Großbritannien. Parliament. House of Commons; Weibliche Abgeordnete; Abgeordneter; Frau; Repräsentation <Politik>; Wahlsystem
Keywords: Parliament, Representation, Women and Politics, Gender, Women's Interests, Men, Electoral Incentives, Critical Actors, Substantive Representation
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MG 11540   
Type: Doctoralthesis
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/49705
Release Date: 17. June 2021

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