Women in German politics: still jobs for the boys?

McKay, J., 2004. Women in German politics: still jobs for the boys? German Politics, 13 (1), pp. 56-80. ISSN 0964-4008

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Today the proportion of German politicians who are female is at an all time high. This has largely been achieved via quotas and most of the main parties now operate some kind of quota system. But have quantitative improvements in female representation in been matched by qualitative improvements? This article seeks to answer this question by looking not only at the number of women in parliaments and other collective bodies, but also in the highest echelons of power. It outlines each party's policies regarding the promotion of women and the factors which enhance or hamper their impact. A brief comparison of female political representation in eastern and western Germany is also provided. The author argues that measures such as quotas have increased the number of female German politicians but still do not guarantee them equal access to positions of real power. Furthermore, the incorporation of pro-equality principles into party statutes has not automatically led to their assimilation into party cultures, especially in the case of well-established parties which only recently addressed the gender imbalance in their ranks.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: German Politics
Creators: McKay, J.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2004
Volume: 13
Number: 1
ISSN: 0964-4008
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:10
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12920

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