Gendered political opportunities? Elite alliances, electoral cleavages, and activity choice among women's groups in the UK, France, and Germany

Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger, Candice D. Ortbals

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of political opportunity structures (POS) on the activity choices of women's groups in the UK, France, and Germany in order to determine whether political opportunities, specifically elite alliances and changes in electoral cleavages, are gendered. We ask how/whether various institutional structures impact the activity choices of women's groups, gauging whether women react to opportunities in a similar manner as other social groups, namely environmental groups. We find that social democratic elite allies and electoral cleavages prompted by de-alignment influence activity choice among women's groups in a similar manner as among environmental groups, yet the data show that women's groups are disenfranchised from direct contact with policymaking elites through consultation, thus suggesting the presence of gendered POS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-79
Number of pages25
JournalSocial Movement Studies
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Activity choice
  • Gender
  • Opportunity structures
  • Women's groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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