Women, Participation and the European Parliament

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The European Parliament (EP) as an institution can be understood as having the potential for becoming ‘a strong public’ which is undergoing a process of building a wider general public: ‘The EP can be conceived of as an incipient transnational public sphere’ (Liebert 2007: 268). This makes the EP an apt institutional setting for analyzing both women´s descriptive representation within it, as well as analyzing the debates about women´s representation, in politics and business, which are taking place within the EP. We thus conduct a two-pronged analysis of the who of public sphere participation (Ferree et al. 2002) by looking both at the gender composition of the EP and the framing of debates about women´s representation within the EP and its Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) during the period 2000-2011.
Translated title of the contributionKvinder, deltagelse og Europa-Parlamentet
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNegotiating Gender and Diversity in an Emergent European Public Sphere
EditorsBirte Siim, Monika Mokre
Number of pages22
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dateJan 2013
ISBN (Print)978-0-230-35968-0
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
SeriesGender and Politics


  • European Parliament
  • Quotas
  • Representation
  • Participation
  • FEMM Committee
  • European enlargement
  • Transnational

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