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New Books on Gender and Political Recruitment

Congratulations to FIIN members Elin Bjarnegård and Meryl Kenny, whose books have been published with Palgrave Macmillan’s Gender and Politics series in 2013. Both monographs address the gendered dynamics of the ‘secret garden’ of candidate selection, contributing to a wider research agenda looking at the relationship between gender, institutions, and political recruitment.

Gender, Informal Institutions and Political Recruitment: Explaining Male Dominance in Parliamentary Representation, by Elin Bjarnegård, seeks to improve our understanding of the rationale underlying male dominance in politics. Described by Professor Georgina Waylen (Manchester) as ‘an important addition to the gender and politics scholarship [that] deserves to be widely read’, the book builds on findings from both statistical analyses of parliamentary composition worldwide and extensive fieldwork in Thailand. A new concept, homosocial capital, is coined and developed to help us understand the persistence of male political dominance. Please click HERE for a flyer.

Gender and Political Recruitment: Theorizing Institutional Change, by Meryl Kenny, brings together insights from feminist and new institutional theory to explore and understand the gendered dynamics of institutional innovation and change in candidate selection and recruitment. Described by Professor Fiona Mackay (Edinburgh) as ‘required reading for anyone engaged with, or intrigued by, the gendered puzzles of political recruitment and the wider dynamics of inequality in political life’, it draws on an original empirical case study of candidate selection in post-devolution Scotland to illustrate the difficulties of reforming recruitment in the face of powerful institutional and gendered legacies. Please click HERE for a flyer.

Both titles were officially launched at the 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona in March 2013.