Gender and the Experiences of Local Elected Members: A Focus on Wales

Catherine Farrell, Sarah Titcombe

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    Abstract

    This article explores issue of gender in relation to the experiences of local elected members. Member experiences are important as this may be one of the factors which lie behind the under-representation of women in political life at all levels. This article is focused on Wales where women make up 26% of local councillors, hold only 20% of cabinet positions and occupy one Leader
    position. This article reports on the views of male and female councillors from a number of Welsh authorities who, when interviewed, identified very different experiences of elected office. Central to their experiences are their routes into office, personal circumstances and societal influences. The existence of a
    dominant male political culture is evident and this may have an impact on the participation of women in local political life
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)867-884
    JournalLocal Government Studies
    Volume42
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • Gender
    • local government
    • Women
    • Elected Members

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