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Gendered institutions and women's political representation in Africa By Diana Hojlund Madsen

Gendered institutions and women's political representation in Africa by Diana Hojlund Madsen

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Empirically-based analyses of the intricate dynamics of the formal and informal institutions influencing women's political representation in Africa.

Gendered institutions and women's political representation in Africa Summary

Gendered institutions and women's political representation in Africa: From participation to transformation by Diana Hojlund Madsen

During the course of the past three decades efforts of democratisation and institutional reforms have characterised the African continent, including demands for gender equality and women's political representation. As a result, some countries have introduced affirmative action measures, either in the aftermath of conflicts or as part of broader constitutional reforms, whereas others are falling behind this fast track to women's political representation. Utilising a range of case studies spanning both the success cases and the less successful cases from different regions, this work examines the uneven developments on the continent.

By mapping, analysing and comparing women's political representation in different African contexts, this book sheds light on the formal and informal institutions and the interplay between these that are influencing women's political representation and can explain the development on women's political representation across the continent and present perspectives on an 'African feminist institutionalism'.

Gendered institutions and women's political representation in Africa Reviews

Gender and representation scholars have been good at explaining why some African countries are among the top-ranked in the world when it comes to the high levels of women elected into elected offices. If you are interested in some in-depth insights into the mechanisms and dynamics of countries lagging behind their more well-known neighbours, this is the book for you to read.Ragnhild Muriaas, University of Bergen

This book is an important and interesting contribution to the literature on women in politics in Africa. It provides a rare collection of rich case studies from eight African countries of how informal institutions in numerous ways work to exclude women from political spaces. Vibeke Wang, Chr. Michelsen Institute

About Diana Hojlund Madsen

Diana Hojlund Madsen is a Senior Gender Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute. She has worked and published extensively on gender and politics in an African context with a specific focus on Ghana. Her work on Ghana includes articles and book chapters and she holds a PhD on gender mainstreaming in Ghana from Roskilde University, Denmark.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Feminist Institutionalism, Women's Representation and State Capture: The South African Case
  • 2. Confronting the Double Bind Dilemma in the Representation of Female Politicians in Zimbabweans Newspapers 2000-2018
  • 3. Party Primary Candidate Nomination Institutions and their Influence on Nomination of Women as Party Candidates in Parliamentary Elections in Malawi
  • 4. 'Inspiring a Revolution': Women's Central Role in Tanzanian Institutions, Independence and Beyond
  • 5. Experiences of Gender Equality Legislation in Kenya: The Role of Institutions and Actors
  • 6. Women's Political Representation and Institutions in Nigeria - Historical Perspectives
  • 7. Affirmative Action in Ghana? Male Arguments and Institutional Inertia
  • 8. Candidate Training Programmes in Africa? Experiences of Letsema in Botswana 2013 - 2019
  • Concluding Remarks

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NGR9781913441210
9781913441210
1913441210
Gendered institutions and women's political representation in Africa: From participation to transformation by Diana Hojlund Madsen
New
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2020-12-24
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