Selecting women candidates: A critical evaluation

Harrison, L. (2009) Selecting women candidates: A critical evaluation. Journal of Liberal History, 62 (Spring). pp. 36-45. Available from:

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It is clear that the major political parties in Britain consider the under-representation of women in numerical terms a challenge to be addressed. Dr Lisa Harrison presents (i) a brief overview of existing debates on the ‘state’ of women’s representation, (ii) aggregate data about the numbers of elected women Liberal Democrats, (iii) a focus on the structure of the party, considering how this may aid or hinder the selection of more women candidates, and (iv) a review of quantitative and qualitative data which considers the attitudes within the party towards mechanisms for encouraging and assisting women candidates. It is important to acknowledge that underpinning some of the rather more crude debates based on numerical representation alone are more nuanced arguments surrounding effective representation. The factors influencing the decision to stand for election are subject to a range of potential issues – of which securing representation may not be the most important.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Liberal Democract candidate selection, women and UK politics
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:12019
Deposited By: Dr L. Harrison
Deposited On:24 Sep 2010 07:57
Last Modified:22 Jul 2017 10:23

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