WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRATIZATION: A Literature Review with Special Emphasis on Central and Eastern European Former Communist Bloc

Emanuela Garboni, Silviu E. Rogobete

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Abstract

This study is a literature review of eleven representative works on gender and
democratization, having as the main topic women’s political participation during
the postcommunist transformations in Central and Eastern European countries.
The selected contributions include comparative studies, theoretical and empirical
analyzes, compilations of essays with different individual directions of research
and collections of essays following a common framework of analysis. All tackle
multiple case studies, offering an overview of women’s situation in politics in the
postcomunist Central and Eastern Europe. The review identifies four main topics
of analysis: 1. Private vs. public and the politics of reproduction; 2. The impact of
democratization on gender relations; 3. Women’s representation in political action;
4. Women’s role in democratization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-141
Number of pages26
JournalEuropolis, Journal of Political Science and Theory
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Women
  • political participation
  • democratization
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • postcommunism

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