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Navigating Local Politics: Women’s Careers and Strategies

  • Lucie G. Drechselová
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Abstract

Through a study of individual political careers and collective attempts at intraparty reform, this chapter identifies strategies women adopt to survive and succeed in local politics. Accommodation of existing norms prevails among women’s strategies even though reconciling political ambition with permissible female behavior is a highly contradictory task. Those who engage in proactive career development often succeed alone. In an individualist setting, many initiatives for party change have ephemeral effects bearing fruit only for one particular female politician. Women’s capacity to alter the intraparty rules also depends on their capacity to imagine change. Each political party shapes the horizon of possibilities for its female members differently, and only in pro-Kurdish parties is collective action valorized.

Keywords

Political careers Women’s strategies Party ethos Accommodation Subversion Intraparty change 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucie G. Drechselová
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  1. 1.Oriental InstituteThe Czech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic

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