Gender and Politics

Gender and Political Recruitment

Theorizing Institutional change

Authors: Kenny, M.

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This book explores the gendered dynamics of institutional innovation, continuity and change in candidate selection and recruitment. Drawing on the insights of feminist institutionalism, it extends the 'supply and demand model' of political recruitment via a micro-level case study of the candidate selection process in post-devolution Scotland.

About the authors

Meryl Kenny is Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her research on feminist institutionalism and women and politics has appeared in journals such as Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Politics & Gender, International Political Science Review, Politics, and several edited volumes.

Reviews

'Rethinking the conventional supply-and-demand model of political recruitment, Gender and Political Recruitment represents a seminal contribution to the emerging literature on feminist institutionalism. Combining macro- and micro-level data on candidate selection dynamics in Scotland, Kenny provides a nuanced and critical appraisal of the prospects for reforming institutions in the face of powerful gendered legacies. The book thus offers important new insights to institutionalist scholars, feminist research, and most importantly those interested in forging new syntheses across these approaches.'

Mona Lena Krook, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, USA

'Meryl Kenny's book demonstrates the extent to and ways in which processes of political recruitment are gendered. She provides both evidence and argument of such gendering to be a continuing process that interacts with the formal and informal political institutions through which processes of political recruitment operate. Her analysis demonstrates the crucial importance of feminist institutionalist approaches to the understanding of how political representation is gendered.'

Joni Lovenduski FBA, Anniversary Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

'In this brilliant debut, Meryl Kenny combines conceptual innovation, forensic analysis, and compelling story-telling to capture the gendered dynamics of the institutions of political recruitment. Gender and Political Recruitment demonstrates the considerable promise of a feminist institutionalist approach for not only gender and politics scholars but also for 'mainstream' political science. It should be required reading for anyone engaged with, or intrigued by, the gendered puzzles of political recruitment and the wider dynamics of inequality in political life.'

Fiona Mackay, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kenny, Meryl

    Pages 1-12

  • Gender, Institutions and Political Recruitment

    Kenny, Meryl

    Pages 13-33

  • A Feminist Institutionalist Approach

    Kenny, Meryl

    Pages 34-62

  • Political Recruitment in Post-Devolution Scotland

    Kenny, Meryl

    Pages 63-84

  • Breaking with the Past? The Case of the Labour Party

    Kenny, Meryl

    Pages 85-109

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Hardcover $100.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Political Recruitment
Book Subtitle
Theorizing Institutional change
Authors
Series Title
Gender and Politics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27194-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137271945
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27192-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44471-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 215
Topics