Reclaiming Party Politics Research

Kenny, Meryl; Bjarnegard, Elin; Lovenduski, Joni; Childs, Sarah; Evans, Elizabeth and Verge, Tània. 2022. Reclaiming Party Politics Research. European Political Science, 20(1), pp. 123-138. ISSN 1680-4333 [Article]

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In a 2021 Special Issue in European Political Science, Anika Gauja and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen review the sub-field of party politics research. In doing so, they argue party politics scholarship reflects the broader development of the political science discipline, illustrating the evolving relationship between politics researchers and the organisations they study. In this reply, we argue that the party politics sub-field reflects the wider discipline in another crucial respect – it continues to marginalise gender politics scholarship. We demonstrate that a gendered lens fundamentally transforms key questions in the field around what party politics scholars study, and how and why they conduct their research, with relevant consequences for whose work is included. In failing to engage with this scholarship, “mainstream” party politics scholars are (re)producing unequal power relations and hierarchies within the discipline, whilst also depriving themselves of the capacity to address fully key questions of representation, democracy, continuity and change.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-022-00362-0

Additional Information:

“This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in European Political Science. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Kenny, Meryl; Bjarnegard, Elin; Lovenduski, Joni; Childs, Sarah; Evans, Elizabeth and Verge, Tània. 2022. Reclaiming Party Politics Research. European Political Science, 20(1), pp. 123-138. ISSN 1680-4333 10.1057/s41304-022-00362-0 is available online at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41304-022-00362-0”

Keywords:

Political parties; gender politics; feminist institutionalism; political science; power; representation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
11 January 2022Accepted
11 February 2022Published

Item ID:

31460

Date Deposited:

14 Feb 2022 09:45

Last Modified:

16 Feb 2022 06:11

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/31460

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