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Feminist Democratic Representation

Karen Celis and Sarah Childs


When are women well represented, politically speaking? The popular consensus has been, for some time, when descriptive representatives put women’s issues and feminist interests on the political agenda. Today, such certainty has been well and truly shaken; differences among women—especially how they conceive of their “interests”—is said to fatally undermine the principle and practice of women’s group representation. There has been a serious loss of faith, too, in legislatures as the sites where political representation takes place. Feminist Democratic Representation responds by making a second- ... More

Keywords: political representation, feminism, gender, democracy, institutions, affected representatives, group advocacy, account giving, intersectionality, parliaments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190087722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190087722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Celis, author
Research Professor of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Sarah Childs, author
Professor of Gender and Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London