Shifting the gaze on the representation of women in parliament in the Pacific

Zetlin, Diane and Palmieri, Sonia (2014). Shifting the gaze on the representation of women in parliament in the Pacific. In: APSA 2014: Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. The Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, (). 28 September - 1 October 2014. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2440315

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Author Zetlin, Diane
Palmieri, Sonia
Title of paper Shifting the gaze on the representation of women in parliament in the Pacific
Conference name The Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 28 September - 1 October 2014
Convener Richard Frank
Proceedings title APSA 2014: Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference
Place of Publication Rochester, NY, United States
Publisher Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.2139/ssrn.2440315
Open Access Status
Total pages 16
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The low representation of women in Pacific Island parliaments has been a cause of much concern and little scholarly research. Representation in the independent Pacific Island countries is extremely low but the inclusion of the French overseas territories shows a much more varied picture, with French Polynesia now second only to Rwanda for the percentage of women in its parliament. The assumptions of the literature on women’s representation have been challenged by the emergence of countries in Africa and Central and Latin America at the top of the league table. As of August 2014 the only Western countries still in the top ten of the Inter Parliamentary Union' league table are Sweden and Finland. It is timely then to consider whether women’s successes in the South are attributable to similar or different factors from those tried and tested in the Western scholarship. In particular, it is relevant to ask whether there are better indicators to explain the varied pattern of women’s representation in the Pacific. This paper draws on the analysis of women’s representation in Western democracies before comparing Africa and the Pacific Island countries. This paper is part of a broader study that draws comparisons between the progress of women’s representation in Africa and the Pacific.
Keyword Gender and parliament
Pacific Islands
Comparative gender analysis
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Wed, 03 Sep 2014, 04:55:52 EST by Diane Zetlin on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies