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New Labour's Women MPs

Women Representing Women

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New Labour's Women MPs by Sarah Childs
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It was not long after the election of a record number of women to the House of Commons in 1997 that the backlash began. Criticism of the women was all-encompassing: they wore the wrong clothes; they voted the wrong way; they were concerned with the wrong issues. Above all, they were accused of failing to have made a difference - and to have failed women. Drawing on in-depth interviews with more than half of the new Labour women MP's, Sarah Childs reveals how the women experienced being MP's, and explores whether they acted for and like women - in their constituencies, in Parliament and in government. It offers important insights into theories of women's political representation, showing that the relationship between women's descriptive and substantive representation is complicated, that party and gender identities are crucial, that women's differences must be acknowledged and that it might not always be possible for women representatives to act for women, even if they want to. Including a section on women's selection for Parliament; whether women MP's act as role models, why it is important that women should be present in politics, as well as exploring in-depth the subject of women's substantive representation, New Labour's Women MP's is essential reading for all those interested in women and politics, legislative studies, political behaviour and representation.

Author Biography

Sarah Childs has an MA from the University of York, and a PhD from Kingston University. She was a lecturer at Middlesex University from 2001 to 2003, and is currently a lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol.
Release date NZ
May 27th, 2004
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
272
Dimensions
152x229x15
ISBN-13
9780714685663
Product ID
1861120

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