Romanian Women's Descriptive and Substantive Representation at the National and European Parliamentary Levels 25 Years after the Fall of Communism

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Abstract

Twenty five years after the fall of communism, the percentage of Romanian women members of the National Parliament (MNPs) is very low, while it is higher in the European Parliament (EP) and in other top positions. This paper investigates whether it can be established a causal relationship between the levels of descriptive and substantive representation of women at national and European parliamentary levels. In order to attain this purpose, first, I have examined how many initiatives referred to women’s issues from the whole legislative activity of the NP in the 2008-2012 legislature and the first two years of the current legislature, started in December 2012. Second, I have examined the activity of the Romanian delegation in the plenary of the EP, during the 2009-2014 legislature. The findings show that Romanian women members of the EP, corresponding to 36% of the Romanian delegation in the analyzed period, were more active as regards women’s substantive representation than their Romanian male colleagues. Contrariwise, in the NP women were descriptively underrepresented (about 10%) and neither them, nor their male colleagues were particularly active regarding the substantive representation of women.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Studies Forum
EditorsCiprian Nitu, Emanuel Copilas
Place of PublicationTimisoara
PublisherWest University Press
Pages51-70
Number of pages19
Volume6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePolitical Studies Forum
PublisherWest University Press
Volume6
ISSN (Print)2067-1318

Keywords

  • women
  • descriptive representation
  • substantive representation
  • European Parliament
  • National Parliament
  • Romania

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