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    Prime Minister's questions as political ritual

    Lovenduski, Joni (2012) Prime Minister's questions as political ritual. British Politics 7 (4), pp. 314-340. ISSN 1746-918X.

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    This article contends that Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) are a political ritual that supports a gender regime in the House of Commons. After a brief description of PMQs their context and nature are discussed from the standpoints of participants and observers. Then new evidence of the attitudes of MPs and the public is presented in which differences between women and men are analysed and discussed. These findings challenge the notion that PMQs are off-putting to the public, especially women, but show that many MPs are ambivalent, women more than men. The conclusions discuss these unexpected findings and assess their significance to the political representation of women and the nature of parliamentary politics.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Prime Minister's questions, women, gender, parliament, political ritual, gender regime
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 15:20
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:09


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