French Politics

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 418–442 | Cite as

A longitudinal analysis of gendered patterns in political action in France: a generational story?

Original Article


This article asserts that the impact of generational replacement on gendered political participation patterns is not sufficiently taken into account by existing analyses of participatory gender inequalities. In this longitudinal study, gender and generational differences in French protest patterns are systematically examined. The article tackles two interrelated questions: what is the impact of generational replacement on gender differences in political action in France, and from an individual-level perspective, how do we explain the different participation levels from different generations of women and men? A longitudinal quantitative analysis of survey data from the European Values Study from 1981 to 2008 confirms the significance of generational differences as well as the multi-dimensionality of participatory gender differences.


Inequality Political participation Gender gap Generational change 



I would like to thank Camille Kelbel, Clément Boisseuil as well as the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.


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  1. 1.CEESciences PoParisFrance

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