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Title: Gender and teh Experiences of Local Elected Members - Focus on Wales
Authors: Farrell, Catherine
Titcombe, Sarah
Keywords: Gender
Elected Members
women;
local government
Issue Date: 15-Jul-2016
Publisher: Local Government Studies
Abstract: ABSTRACT This article explores issue of gender in relation to the experiences of local elected members. Member experiences are important as this may be one of the factors which lie behind the under-representation of women in political life at all levels. This article is focused on Wales where women make up 26% of local councillors, hold only 20% of cabinet positions and occupy one Leader position. This article reports on the views of male and female councillors from a number of Welsh authorities who, when interviewed, identified very different experiences of elected office. Central to their experiences are their routes into office, personal circumstances and societal influences. The existence of a dominant male political culture is evident and this may have an impact on the participation of women in local political life.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10265/919
ISSN: 10.1080/03003930.2016.1207629
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