Chapter

<b>Capturing the Process</b>

Debra L. Dodson

in The Impact of Women in Congress

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198296744
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296746.003.0003

Series: Gender & Politics

 Capturing the Process

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This chapter offers a heuristic model to guide the exploration of how the convergence of individual, institutional, and extra-institutional forces contribute to substantive representation of women, as well as to the probabilistic nature of the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation of women. The focus is on seven distinct yet interactive factors: the participant stream, the condition stream, the problem stream, the internal/institutional structural stream, the internal/institutional political stream, the external political stream, and the solution stream. This framework forces the discussion beyond the simple question of ‘Do women make a difference?’ to highlight strategies that can increase (or decrease) substantive representation of women regardless of women’s proportional presence.

Keywords: condition stream; external political stream; garbage can model; internal political stream; institutional political stream; internal structural stream; institutional structural stream; participant stream; problem stream; solutions stream

Chapter.  6364 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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