Gendered Candidate Emergence in Britain: Why are More Women Councillors Not Becoming MPs?
Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Author. Politics © 2013 Political Studies Association
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 147–159, October 2013
How to Cite
Allen, P. (2013), Gendered Candidate Emergence in Britain: Why are More Women Councillors Not Becoming MPs?. Politics, 33: 147–159. doi: 10.1111/1467-9256.12017
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013
- local councillors;
- political careers;
The link between local councils and the House of Commons is well established, with many MPs learning their trade at the local level. Local councils are also fruitful environments for female politicians, with just over 32 per cent of all councillors being women. However, existing evidence suggests that women councillors are less likely than men to make the jump from local to national politics. This article uses original empirical data to assess the political ambitions of local councillors and places them in context, asking which factors have the most influence on whether a councillor has considered running for parliamentary office.