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Breaking Male Dominance in Old Democracies

Drude Dahlerup and Monique Leyenaar


Has male dominance in political life been broken? Will gender balance in elected assemblies soon be reached? This book analyses the longitudinal development of women’s political representation in eight old democracies, in which women were enfranchised before and around World War I: Denmark, Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands, New Jersey (USA), New South Wales (Australia), Sweden, and the United Kingdom. These countries/states have all followed an incremental track model of change in women’s position in political life, but have followed different trajectories. This slow development stands in con ... More

Keywords: male dominance, incremental track, party change, conditional irreversibility, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands, New Jersey, New South Wales, Sweden and the United Kingdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drude Dahlerup, editor
Professor, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University

Monique Leyenaar, editor
Professor of Comparative Politics, Radboud University Nijmegen

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