Do Government Positions Held by Women Matter? A Cross-National Examination of Female Ministers' Impacts on Women's Political Participation.

Author:

Liu, S. S. & Banaszak, L. A.

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Date:

2017

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Gender and Political Empowerment

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English

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Liu, S. S. & Banaszak, L. A. (2017). Do Government Positions Held by Women Matter? A Cross-National Examination of Female Ministers' Impacts on Women's Political Participation. Politics and Gender, 13, pp. 132-162.

This article examines the relative influence of female ministers compared with women in parliament on citizens’ civic engagement, focusing particularly on how distinctions in the two types of representation have differential effects on political participation. The article begins by discussing the role model effect and its impact on citizens’ participation and comparing women’s representation with that in the cabinet. The article also theorises how differences between legislative and ministerial representation might result in differential effects on the distinctive forms of political participation. The article concludes by discussing the implications of these findings for future research.