Gender, Informal Institutions and Political Recruitment Explaining Male Dominance in Parliamentary Representation

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  • Copyright: 2013-02-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Most parliaments around the world are still mostly oevrwhelming populated by men, yet studies of male dominance are much rarer than are studies of female under-representation. In this book, men in politics are the subjects of a gendered analysis. How do men manage to hold on to positions of power despite societal trends in the opposite direction? And why do men seek to cooperate mainly with other men? Elin Bjarnegård studies how male networks are maintained and expanded and seeks to improve our understanding of the rationale underlying male dominance in politics. The findings build on results both from statistical analyses of parliamentary composition worldwide and from extensive field work in Thailand. A new concept, homosocial capital, is coined and developed to help us understand the persistence of male political dominance.

Author Biography

Elin Bjarnegård is Assistant Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests include Informal institutions, Gender issues and Thai Politics.

Table of Contents

Upholding Male Parliamentary Dominance
Revisiting Patterns Of Gendered Representation
Structure Of The Book
Studying Men And Masculinities In Politics
Constructing Homosocial Capital
Clientelism And Unpredictability
Clientelism As A Likely Producer Of Homosocial Capital
Clientelism And Male Dominance
Institutional Enablers Of Clientelism
Combining Methods
The Quantitative Approach
The Qualitative Approach
The Representation Of Men Worldwide
Capturing Clientelism – Measuring The Immeasurable?
The Models, Data And Operationalizations
Clientelism And Male Parliamentary Dominance
Results And Implications Of The Quantitative Study
Situating The Thai Case
The Thai Gender Paradox
Democratic Instability In Thailand
Informal Influence
Assessing The Clientelist Political Logic
The Thai Case: Clientelism And Male Dominance
Candidate Selection In Thai Political Parties
The Importance Of Candidate Selection
The Rules Of The Game
Who Decides?
Summarizing Thai Candidate Selection
Clientelist Networks And Homosocial Capital
The Role And Function Of Clientelist Networks
Network Maintenance And Homosocial Capital
Theorizing Homosocial Capital
The Gendered Consequences Of Clientelist Competition
The Added Value Of Homosocial Capital
Concluding Remarks
A Summary Of The Findings
The Contributions Of The Book

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