Increasing Women's Descriptive Representation in National Parliaments: the involvement and impact of gender and politics scholars

Sarah Childs, Drude Dahlerup

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Since the 1980s, gender and politics scholarship has prospered alongside increases in women’s descriptive representation. If a ‘feminist imperative’ drives us to seek to transform as well as study politics, the potential impact of research and our role as change actors has been little studied. We ask: (1) what effects feminist scholars sought to have; (2) upon whom; (3) when; and (4) through what channels. With two cases – Nordic countries and the UK – we explore the opportunities and dilemmas faced in seeking to enhance descriptive representation and aim to contribute to the development of feminist theories of political change.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)185-204
Number of pages20
Journaleuropean journal of politics and gender
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • impact
  • gender and politics
  • representation
  • parliaments

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