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By Elizabeth Evans

Women and the Liberal Democrats is a well timed and unique exploration of women's illustration and the 3rd celebration in united kingdom politics. in line with large study, it's the first accomplished gendered research of the Liberal Democrats and the examine highlights particular institutional elements in the Liberal Democrats that at once effect upon the party's low variety of girls MPs. It explores the level to which the party's ideology, tradition and association are ruled via a winning masculine bias and questions why the Liberal Democrats proceed to overwhelmingly go back white, middle-aged, male MPs to Westminster.
 
The e-book highlights a few vital findings: the Liberal Democrats' low variety of ladies MPs is because of call for instead of provide; the get together haven't chosen a adequate variety of ladies in winnable or aim seats; the shortcoming of ladies MPs undermines the party's pro-women guidelines; and women's pursuits haven't been mainstreamed in the occasion. jointly, those conclusions tackle great questions concerning the Liberal Democrats' numerical under-representation of ladies MPs and the level to which they could act for and symbolically characterize women.
 
The ebook demonstrates the significance of utilizing gender as a device for interpreting the tradition, association, and political recruitment of British political events. Its originality and contribution lie within the empirical findings and its skill to deal with wider conceptual debates.

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