New book: Gender Politics and Democracy in Post-socialist Europe

Utilising  the  concept  of  political  representation,  the  book  scrutinises  women’s  legislative  presence  and  highlights  the  opportunities  and  obstacles  to  parity  democracy  in  this  region  of  Europe. Two of the authors, Yvonne Galligan and Sara Clavero are key researchers in RECON’s WP 4 – Justice, Democracy and Gender.


Gender Politics and Democracy in Post-socialist Europe 

Yvonne Galligan, Sara Clavero and Marina Calloni, Barbara Budrich, 2008


The book examines the link between women’s membership of national parliaments and the substantive representation of gender interests. It investigates the role of civil society, the state and the European Union in representing women’s interests and in promoting gender politics. In revisiting Hanna Pitkin’s account of political representation, the book provides an important and timely contribution to the classical political questions of who represents, what is represented, and how representation takes place. In adopting an integrated approach to political representation, the book extends current understanding of this fundamental concept. Using new research, it provides the first comprehensive comparative analysis of the interplay between emerging democracies and gender politics in post-communist Europe.

See more at the publisher’s website.