Political Science

ROUNDTABLE: Women's Underrepresentation in Brazil

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Puzzle of Women’s Underrepresentation in Brazil

A book talk by Dr. Kristin N. Wylie

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kristin N. Wylie, Assistant Professor of Political Science at James Madison University.  Dr. Wylie will discuss her new book, Party Institutionalization and Women’s Representation in Democratic Brazil, published in August by Cambridge University Press.  Brazil's quality of democracy remains limited by enduring obstacles including the weakness of parties and underrepresentation of marginalized groups. Dr. Wylie’s book theorizes the connections across those problems, explaining how weakly institutionalized and male-dominant parties interact to undermine descriptive representation in Brazil. Wylie demonstrates that more inclusive participation in candidate-centered elections amidst raced-gendered structural inequities relies on institutionalized parties with the capacity to support women, and the will, heralded by party leadership, to do so. The book illustrates how women leaders in Brazil's more institutionalized parties enable white and Afro-descendant female aspirants to navigate the masculinized terrain of formal politics. It enhances our understanding of how parties mediate electoral rules, as well as institutional and party change in the context of weak but robustly gendered institutions.

Monday, September 10th

JMU Washington Center
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, D.C. 20036

Space will be limited, so mark your calendar. Please take a moment to REGISTER HERE.

This talk is part of the JMU Washington Center Public Affairs Roundtable series.




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