Feminist institutionalism and gender-sensitive parliaments: Relating theory and practice

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    Since the 1990s, feminist institutionalists have argued that women parliamentarians work within the confines of a gendered institution which impacts on their capacity to reform both parliamentary process and policy. In this chapter, I consider the linkages between the theory of feminist institutionalism and the relatively new research on gender-sensitive parliaments, which has led to a new understanding of parliaments as workplaces. Practical implications arise from these theoretical revisions, notably the need to refocus parliamentary development assistance around a 'theory of change' that aims to transform parliaments, as institutions, rather than relying on capacity building initiatives for women alone. 'Feminist institutionalism and gender-sensitive parliaments' concludes by considering opportunities for ongoing dialogue between theory and practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGender Innovation in Political Science: New Norms, New Knowledge
    Editors Marian Sawer & Kerryn Baker
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    ISBN (Print)9783319758497
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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