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Feminist political theory and representation: an analysis of bancada feminina of the House of Representatives

Grant number: 15/12767-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2015
Effective date (End): January 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - Political Theory
Principal Investigator:Adrian Gurza Lavalle
Grantee:Beatriz Rodrigues Sanchez
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Do women parliamentarians represent women interests? The study is based on the hypothesis, advocated by authors of feminist political theory, that the increase in female political representation in legislative institutions would result in the formulation of more and better public policies for the promotion of gender equality. Empirical research on women's political representation have been dedicated to analyze the descriptive representation, ie, the analysis of mechanisms of exclusion and alternatives to increase the number of women in parliaments. A smaller number of studies have been working on the analysis of the substantive representation of women, which focuses on the content of the representation. This research project has dual purpose: one theoretical and other empirical-descriptive. In terms of political theory, the research aims to contribute to the debate on female political representation, based on case analysis of the Brazilian Congress, from the perspective of substantive representation. The second objective, empirical-descriptive, is to understand the role of the bancada feminina of the House of Representatives in the formulation and approval of bills related to the promotion of gender equality. The relationship between these two objectives will take place from the empirical assessment of the substantive work of the women's bench and from the introduction of positive analytical distinctions that allow discussing and revising the normative assumptions of feminist political theory. (AU)

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SANCHEZ, Beatriz Rodrigues. Feminist political theory and representation: an analysis of \bancada feminina\ of the House of Representatives. 2017. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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