The Parliamentary Wife: Participant in the Two-Person Single Career’

Whip R. (1982). The Parliamentary Wife: Participant in the Two-Person Single Career’. In: , , (38-44). . doi:10.1080/00323268208401852

Author Whip R.
Title of paper The Parliamentary Wife: Participant in the Two-Person Single Career’
Journal name Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
Publication Year 1982
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1080/00323268208401852
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISSN 0032-3268
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 38
End page 44
Total pages 7
Abstract/Summary The concept of the ‘two-person single career’ was introduced by Papanek (1973) to describe those occupations in which the wife is expected to participate in her husband's career, although her participation is neither directly acknowledged nor remunerated. Using data collected during interviews with Australian federal parliamentarians, this paper argues that, with minor differences, the occupation of the member of parliament exhibits the typical characteristics of the two-person career. The paper then examines the increasing tendency for some parliamentary wives to reject this role and argues that this, plus the fact that unmarried male members of the parliament and the ever increasing numbers of female parliamentarians function effectively without the backing of a parliamentary spouse, suggests that the parliamentary career, as indeed may be the case for similar careers mentioned by Papanek, is a two-person one by convention and convenience rather than of necessity.
Subjects 3320 Political Science and International Relations
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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