“Women and power: from descriptive to substantive representation”, Mercedes García Montero and Cristina Rivas Pérez (CIDOB, Barcelona)

Great strides have been made over the past few decades in all representative democracies to increase women’s presence in politics and other areas of power. The analysis of women entering these spaces has produced a prolific field of research that considers many aspects, including the obstacles to women’s effective access. This issue of Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals focuses on women’s political representation and presence in areas such as parliaments, governments and international bodies, and examines characteristics, behaviour, attitudes and values. Based on case studies – mainly from Latin America, but also from the international context, Europe and Africa – it seeks to reveal the substantive changes brought about by women entering and influencing spaces of power.

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