Gender and Politics in Northern Ireland: the representation gap revisited

Yvonne Galligan

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This article examines the nature of gender politics in Northern Ireland since the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. Taking gender justice as a normative democratic framework, the article argues that despite the promise of women's equal participation in public and political life written into the Agreement, parties have delivered varied responses to integrating women, women's interests and perspectives into politics and policy platforms. This contrasts with general patterns supporting women's increased participation in social and political life. The article discusses women's descriptive and substantive representation through electoral outcomes and party manifestos, using the demands of successive women's manifestos as a benchmark. It concludes that while parties have given less recognition and inclusion to women than one might have expected in a new political context, the push for democratic accountability will ensure that gender politics will continue to have a place on the political agenda for some time to come.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-433
Number of pages21
JournalIrish Political Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


  • gender
  • election
  • representation
  • parties
  • equality


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