Parties, issues, and power: women’s partisan representation on German parliamentary committees

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Hilde CofféUniversity of Bath, UK

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Katia SchnelleckeFriedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Germany

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This study examines the representation of women Members of Parliament on parliamentary committees in the German Bundestag since 1990. In line with theories on the social construction of gender, our descriptive analyses show that women Members of Parliament tend to be over-represented on committees handling issues such as health and family, and under-represented on committees handling issues such as foreign and legal affairs and defence. However, party differences in the over- and under-representation of women on certain committees occur. Gender segregation is strongest within the conservative parties, which also tend to have the lowest proportion of women, and weakest within the left-wing parties.

Hilde CofféUniversity of Bath, UK

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