Gender and Politics: The Limits of Political Ambition

Bidragets oversatte titel: Køn og politik: Grænser for politiske ambitioner

Birte Siim, Christina Fiig

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The chapter analyses the potentials and limits to gender equality in Denmark, focusing on communalities and differences in the Nordic gender equality and welfare regimes. Due to political developments, Danish gender politics is challenged as ‘laboratories of gender equality’. One limitation is the gender gap in the economic elites and the underrepresentation of women in management and executive boards. Another is the equality gap between majority and minority women and discrimination in relation to equal rights. Yet Denmark is the only Nordic country, together with Finland, and one of the few countries globally that has achieved a gender representation of almost 40 percent in parliamentary politics without adopting any type of gender quota. The success of the voluntary Danish approach is limited mainly to political representation, which has experienced a relative stagnation in women’s political representation and low representation on municipality councils. The question is whether it is possible to create an equal representation in other institutional arenas such as the private sector, public administration, and academia without gender quotas.
Bidragets oversatte titelKøn og politik: Grænser for politiske ambitioner
TitelOxford Handbook of Danish Politics
RedaktørerPeter Munch Christiansen, Jørgen Elklit, Peter Nedergård
Antal sider28
ForlagOxford University Press
Publikationsdato1 jul. 2020
ISBN (Trykt)ISBN: 9780198833598
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2020

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  • Citationsformater

    Siim, B., & Fiig, C. (2020). Gender and Politics: The Limits of Political Ambition. I P. Munch Christiansen, J. Elklit, & P. Nedergård (red.), Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics (s. 365-381 ). Oxford University Press.