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From global policy to local knowledge: what is the link between women's formal political participation and gender equality in conflict-affected contexts?

Seckinelgin, Hakan and Klot, Jennifer F. (2014) From global policy to local knowledge: what is the link between women's formal political participation and gender equality in conflict-affected contexts? Global Policy, 5 (1). pp. 36-46. ISSN 1758-5880

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Abstract

We report findings from a systematic review of literature on women's formal political participation in fragile and conflict-affected states. In many postconflict contexts, quotas for women's formal participation are introduced as part of restructuring the political and social landscape. While many women take part in formal politics, many more still experience inequalities determined by their gender positions. Our analysis assesses the evidence used to substantiate the support for the prevailing global policy prescription for women's participation in formal political structures and the impact of this on general gender equality. We explore the association and relevance between the available knowledge, evidential claims based on these and the prevailing policy and practice to advance gender equality. Good policies require in-depth knowledge about the field within which policies intervene. One of our central findings is that the research continues to produce knowledge about the mechanisms that help to elect women rather than knowledge on the gender outcomes of these processes within the larger society.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2014 University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Research centres and groups > Justice and Security Research Consortium (JSRP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 13:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/54748/

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