The substantive representation of women. / Childs, Sarah; Krook, Mona Lena.

Women and British Party Politics: Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation. 1st. ed. Routledge, 2008. p. 108-139.

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The substantive representation of women. / Childs, Sarah; Krook, Mona Lena.

Women and British Party Politics: Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation. 1st. ed. Routledge, 2008. p. 108-139.

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Childs, S & Krook, ML 2008, The substantive representation of women. in Women and British Party Politics: Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 108-139. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203019443-16

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Childs, S., & Krook, M. L. (2008). The substantive representation of women. In Women and British Party Politics: Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation (1st ed., pp. 108-139). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203019443-16

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Childs S, Krook ML. The substantive representation of women. In Women and British Party Politics: Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation. 1st ed. Routledge. 2008. p. 108-139 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203019443-16

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Childs, Sarah ; Krook, Mona Lena. / The substantive representation of women. Women and British Party Politics: Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation. 1st. ed. Routledge, 2008. pp. 108-139

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