Women candidates and councillors in Scottish local government, 1974-2012

Bochel, Hugh and Bochel, Catherine (2016) Women candidates and councillors in Scottish local government, 1974-2012. Scottish Affairs, 25 (2). pp. 161-185. ISSN 0966-0356

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/scot.2016.0125

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While significant attention has been paid to the levels of representation of women in both the Westminster Parliament and the Scottish Parliament, much less considered has been given to the position within local government. This article addresses that deficit for Scotland. It shows that for twenty-five years following the reorganisation of local government in Scotland in 1974 there was a slow but relatively steady increase in the numbers of female candidates and councillors, although more recently this appears to have since plateaued somewhat, together with a similar increase in the number of women councillors taking up more senior roles in Scotland’s councils. The article analyses the representation of women in Scottish local government over the period from 1974 to 2012 against the backdrop of significant change in Scotland, including a further restructuring of local government and the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote for council elections, the creation of the Scottish Parliament, the rise of the SNP and the decline of the Conservative Party.

Additional Information:Scottish Affairs, Volume 25 Issue 2, Page 161-185, ISSN 0966-0356 Available Online Apr 2016 https://doi.org/10.3366/scot.2016.0125
Keywords:women, local government, scotland, elections, representation, JCNotOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:16698
Deposited On:16 Feb 2015 13:59

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