Handbook of Territorial Politics
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Handbook of Territorial Politics

Edited by Klaus Detterbeck and Eve Hepburn

The study of territorial politics has enjoyed a renaissance in the last thirty years. Scholars have questioned the state-centric assumptions upon which mainstream social science has been built, pointing to the territorial (re)distribution of power across and within states. This Handbook brings together leading scholars to demonstrate how territory has shaped institutional structures, public policies, elections, political parties, and identity across the world. Offering theoretical, comparative and empirical insights, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of territory on modern political, economic and social life.
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Chapter 6: ‘Gendering’ territorial politics

Jill Vickers


This chapter considers the salience of ‘gender’ for territorial politics, territory’s importance for women’s politics and how the modernist paradigm has undercut their use. The chapter establishes how ‘federal arrangements’ (institutions, practices, discourses) are experienced differently by men and women, majority- and minority-culture women and over time. It also considers how legal pluralism affects women’s rights and citizenship and theorizes potential causal relations between state architectures and gender regimes. Interactions between ‘federal arrangements’ and democracy or democratization are of special interest, established through women’s higher participation in states with multi-level governments, and higher representation in central legislatures in federations versus unitary states. The chapter also examines how multi-level governance and policy networks help organized women promote decision-makers’ responsiveness. Finally, it identifies conditions under which power hierarchies are restructured through decentralization or devolution, making the re-gendering of ‘federal arrangements’ possible.

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