Feminist Institutionalism and Gender-Sensitive Parliaments: Relating Theory and Practice

  • Sonia Palmieri
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


Since the 1990s, feminist institutionalists have argued that women parliamentarians work within the confines of a gendered institution which impacts on their capacity to reform both parliamentary process and policy. In this chapter, I consider the linkages between the theory of feminist institutionalism and the relatively new research on gender-sensitive parliaments, which has led to a new understanding of parliaments as workplaces. Practical implications arise from these theoretical revisions, notably the need to refocus parliamentary development assistance around a ‘theory of change’ that aims to transform parliaments, as institutions, rather than relying on capacity building initiatives for women alone. ‘Feminist institutionalism and gender-sensitive parliaments’ concludes by considering opportunities for ongoing dialogue between theory and practice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonia Palmieri
    • 1
  1. 1.CanberraAustralia

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