Type
Part or chapter of a book
Title
Parity Sanctions and Campaign Financing in France : Increased Numbers, Little Concrete Gender Transformation
In
Gendered Electoral Financing
Author(s)
ACHIN Catherine - Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris (CNRS, P8) (Author)
DUROVIC Anja - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
LÉPINARD Éléonore - Université de Montréal (Author)
LÉVÊQUE Sandrine - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 (Author)
MAZUR Amy G. - Washington State University (Author)
MURIAAS Ragnhild L. - (Publishing director)
WANG Vibeke - (Publishing director)
Editor
Basingstoke : Routledge
Edition
1
ISBN
9780429284311
Keywords
Electoral campaign, Political finance, Candidate selection, Political parties, Gender quotas
Abstract
EN
This chapter examines how parity sanctions targeted at the major political parties since 2002 have impacted gendered processes of nomination. It also investigates how gender plays a role in individual decisions to seek nomination and run for office with a focus on whether the most recent increase in parity sanctions in the 2017 elections matter for promoting gender equality. While financial sanctions played a role in increasing the number of female candidates, especially for left-wing and small political parties, we argue that the massive increase in women’s presence in the 2017 election cycle is mostly due to other factors, like the radical changes in the political party system in 2017. The chapter first highlights the context for parity reform debates and the implementation set by general campaign financing regulation and electoral reforms. Next, it assesses the relative effects of the financial sanctions as compared to other electoral reforms and other important changes in the political landscape. In the last section, we apply a more micro-sociological analysis to the three constituencies to examine campaign financing and recruitment processes in the 2017 elections. The conclusion discusses the implications of this study for gender equality in political life in France.

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