This module has two aims: to strengthen students’ command of the “basic” features of British politics (the place of the monarchy, the bicameral system, first past the post, the main political parties, PMQs, devolution) and to introduce them to the plurality of insights about British politics that have been generated by the rapidly expanding field of “gender studies”. We will thus study in turn: the impact of sex and gender on British voters’ electoral behaviour and on British politicians’ electoral strategies; the institutional sexism of political parties and institutions; the differences between feminine and feminist campaigning organisations; and finally the evolution of the welfare state from a “male-breadwinner” to an “individual” model of welfare provision.
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Shorrocks, R. (2016) “Modernisation and government socialisation: considering explanations for gender differences in cohort trends in British voting behaviour”, Electoral Studies, vol. 42
CM 1,5h par semaine.