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Most parliaments around the world are still mostly overwhelming populated by men, yet studies of male dominance are much rarer than are studies of female under-representation. In this book, men in politics are the subjects of a gendered analysis. How do men manage to hold on to positions of power despite societal trends in the opposite direction? And why do men seek to cooperate mainly with other men? Elin Bjarnegård studies how male networks are maintained and expanded and seeks to improve our understanding of the rationale underlying male dominance in politics. The findings build on results both from statistical analyses of parliamentary composition worldwide and from extensive field work in Thailand. A new concept, homosocial capital, is coined and developed to help us understand the persistence of male political dominance.

About the Author

Elin Bjarnegård is Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Table of Contents

Upholding Male Parliamentary Dominance

Revisiting Patterns Of Gendered Representation

Structure Of The Book

Studying Men And Masculinities In Politics

Constructing Homosocial Capital

Clientelism And Unpredictability

Clientelism As A Likely Producer Of Homosocial Capital

Clientelism And Male Dominance

Institutional Enablers Of Clientelism

Combining Methods

The Quantitative Approach

The Qualitative Approach

The Representation Of Men Worldwide

Capturing Clientelism - Measuring The Immeasurable?

The Models, Data And Operationalizations

Clientelism And Male Parliamentary Dominance

Results And Implications Of The Quantitative Study

Situating The Thai Case

The Thai Gender Paradox

Democratic Instability In Thailand

Informal Influence

Assessing The Clientelist Political Logic

The Thai Case: Clientelism And Male Dominance

Candidate Selection In Thai Political Parties

The Importance Of Candidate Selection

The Rules Of The Game

Who Decides?

Summarizing Thai Candidate Selection

Clientelist Networks And Homosocial Capital

The Role And Function Of Clientelist Networks

Network Maintenance And Homosocial Capital

Theorizing Homosocial Capital

The Gendered Consequences Of Clientelist Competition

The Added Value Of Homosocial Capital

Concluding Remarks

A Summary Of The Findings

The Contributions Of The Book




Product Details

Bjarnegard, Elin
Palgrave MacMillan
Bjarnegeard, Elin
Bjarneg Rd, Elin
Bjarnegård, Elin
Politics - General
Political Parties
Men's studies
Gender Studies
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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Mens Studies
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