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Le parlement roumain à l'épreuve du genre: les femmes politiques dans la législature 2004-2008

The Romanian parliament faced with gender issues: women politicians during the 2004-2008 legislature
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Băluță, Ionela

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Abstract Women's low rate of participation at the highest levels of politics is a recurrent topic in the gender studies literature. Romanian historiography is not very generous in this regard. The present study proposes an introduction to a survey on the women politicians during the 2004-2008 legislature in Romania. In order to understand the complexity of structural, economic, political, and ideological factors, it is necessary to start with an analysis of the trajectories that allowed women to reach a high political position: a seat in the national Parliament. For this purpose, the article examines several types of sources (official CVs, personal blogs, as well as fragments from interviews conducted with 11 women members of Parliament during the 2004-2008 legislature) in order to address the following questions: Who are the women politicians during the 2004-2008 legislature? Which are the efficient resources for a successful political career? What is women politicians' subjective perspective on their access to politics and on their political success? This first inquiry, part of a larger research, intends to identify the explanatory reasons regarding women politicians' role and status; the functioning of the selection procedures within political parties; and the practices related to political "power".
Keywords gender studies; women's studies; representation; recruitment; political elite; proportion of women; Romania; parliament; party; political power; woman
Classification Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language French
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 123-151
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 10 (2010) 1
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works