The female political elite in Switzerland - Survey of Swiss female politicians
In 1979, when the first report of the Federal Commission for Women's Issues (FCWI) was published, the number of political mandates conferred on Swiss women was estimated at about 800. Ten years later, in the framework of the present study, the systematic data collection on the (under-)representation of women in politics has produced a figure of 3,800 political mandates. Are we not witnessing the emergence of a new ruling "class"? Who are these women who break with the traditional division of gender roles? What are the motivations that make them to engage in an elective function? How have they started out in their political career? In what material and psychological conditions do they assume their mandate?
The objective of this research project is to study women's access to political decision-making, their socio-political profile, the construction of their political career and the interactions and conflicts that arise between their political function and their feminine identity.
Enquête écrite auprès d'une échantillon représentatif de 630 femmes assumant un mandat législatif ou exécutif. Ceci aux tous les trois niveaux fédéral, cantonal et communal.
|Ethical approval||No||Study type||
|Start - End date||01.09.1985 - 28.12.1988|