D&E Cluster Seminar with Sarah Liu: Limited Democracy? The Impact of Democratization on Women's Political Participation
|Dates:||15 May 2019|
|Times:||15:30 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Democracy is believed to be more representative and inclusive than other forms of government and is generally coveted by the public. Gender equality is also considered as a core component of democracy. Yet, current literature that examines the gendered impact of democratization focuses on its influence on women's political representation and women's empowerment. Understudied is how democratic experiences shape other aspects of gender equality, such as women's political participation. Using the 2014 World Values Survey, this paper investigates the effect of democracy on various forms of women's political participation in 46 countries. We hypothesize that the longer a country experiences democracy, the more likely women are to engage in politics. A multilevel analysis finds that democratic experiences lead to higher conventional political action of women and the effect is also stronger for women than for men. However, our results also demonstrate that democratic experiences has a negative impact on women's unconventional political behaviour. Our findings raise implications for the meaning and influence of democratization on gender equality, particularly in a comprehensive and unbiased form that gives women an opportunity to express their political preference via different venues.
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