Against the system? Women in elected local government in Japan

Bochel, Catherine and Bochel, Hugh and Kasuga, Masashi and Takeyasu, Hideko (2003) Against the system? Women in elected local government in Japan. Local Government Studies, 29 (2). pp. 19-31. ISSN 1743-9388

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Abstract

Despite having a high level of voting by women, Japan has a poor record of female representation in elected government at both central and local levels. This article examines the position in local government and seeks to explore a number of possible explanations for the situation. It draws upon both theoretical and empirical work and identifies a variety of cultural, social and political barriers to
women seeking election for local government. The article concludes that there are growing pressures for change including from outside the current mainstream of Japanese politics.

Keywords:Representation, Voting, Japan, Politics
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:1019
Deposited On:27 Sep 2007

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