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Representation matters: The impact of descriptive women’s representation on the political involvement of women


Bühlmann, Marc; Schädel, Lisa (2012). Representation matters: The impact of descriptive women’s representation on the political involvement of women. Representation, 48(1):101-114.

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In a cross-country comparison of 33 European countries, we tested whether a high degree of female representation attenuates the assumed negative impact of gender on political involvement. Our multilevel analyses show positive interactive effects of female representation: the degree to which the representation of women in a given country's national parliament was descriptively adequate was positively related to women's ratings of the importance of politics and self-reported political interest. With respect to political participation, the findings are mixed.

In a cross-country comparison of 33 European countries, we tested whether a high degree of female representation attenuates the assumed negative impact of gender on political involvement. Our multilevel analyses show positive interactive effects of female representation: the degree to which the representation of women in a given country's national parliament was descriptively adequate was positively related to women's ratings of the importance of politics and self-reported political interest. With respect to political participation, the findings are mixed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:April 2012
Deposited On:30 Apr 2012 07:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:47
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0034-4893
Additional Information:Paper presented at the Dreiländertagung, January 13-14, 2011 in Basel. This is an electronic version of an article published in Bühlmann, Marc; Schädel, Lisa (2012). Representation matters: The impact of descriptive women’s representation on the political involvement of women. Representation, 48(1):101-114. Representation is available online at: www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0034-4893&volume=48&issue=1&spage=101
Publisher DOI:10.1080/00344893.2012.653246
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-61965

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