Women and Feminisation

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When David Cameron became its leader in 2005, he appeared determined to ‘feminise’ the Conservative Party, both by increasing women’s political representation and by addressing their interests and concerns. The first section of this chapter explores the reasons for this move by placing it in the context of the gender environment and policy agenda inherited from 13 years of Labour government; this generated powerful pragmatic political motivations for change. The second section identifies pressures and counter-pressures for feminisation within the Conservative Party, the third outlines Cameron’s key promises to women and the fourth assesses what the coalition government has delivered in practice. The chapter concludes that Cameron’s commitment to feminisation seems largely cosmetic, and that it is incompatible with the policies his government has pursued.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCameron and the Conservatives
Subtitle of host publicationThe Transition to Coalition Government
EditorsTimothy Heppell, David Seawright
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780230367487
ISBN (Print)9780230314108, 9781137515582
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2012


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