Sex, Gender and the Conservative Party: From Iron Lady to Kitten Heels

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

bySarah Childs, Paul Webb

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As leader of the Conservative party, David Cameron inherited a multi-faceted gender problem: only 17 women MPs; an unhappy women's organization; electorally uncompetitive policies"'for women"; and a party which was seemingly unattractive to women voters. This book is an account of the feminization of the party since 2005.

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As leader of the Conservative party, David Cameron inherited a multi-faceted gender problem: only 17 women MPs; an unhappy women's organization; electorally uncompetitive policies"'for women"; and a party which was seemingly unattractive to women voters. This book is an account of the feminization of the party since 2005.

SARAH CHILDS is Professor of Politics and Gender at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK. She has published widely on sex, gender and political representation. Her books include New Labour's Women MPs (2004), Women and British Party Politics (2008) and with Mona Lena Krook, Women, Gend...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.67 × 5.69 × 1.06 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230279007

ISBN - 13:9780230279001

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: WOMEN'S POLITICAL REPRESENTATION
Conservatism, Representation and Feminization
PARTII:WOMEN'S DESCRIPTIVE REPRESENTATION
Women Members and the Party's Women's Organizations
Conservative Legislative Recruitment
Reforming Parliamentary Selection: Party Change, Parliamentarian and Party Member Attitudes
PARTIII: WOMEN'S SUBSTANTIVE REPRESENTATION
Party Member Attitudes and Women's Policy (By and For Women?)
Sex, Gender and Parliamentary Behaviour in the 2005 Parliament
PARTIV: FEMINIZATION AND PARTY STRATEGY
Feminization and Party Cohesion
Feminization and the Electorate
Conclusion
Methods Appendix
References
Index

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"Their analysis of the descriptive and substantive representation of women within the Conservative Party is comprehensive, detailed and clearly argued. By situating their analysis within the context of overall party strategy they make a significant and distinctive contribution to the emerging literature on Cameron and the Conservatives." - Timothy Heppell, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 18:3-4, 534-535