Activities of Women and Men Village Representatives in Poland: A Comparative Gendered Analysis

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ENGLISH: gender, village representatives, rural areas, local politics, substantial representation, leadership style



The main aim of this article is to analyze whether women and men differ in performing the role of village representative – do they express differences in leadership style, have different ideas for local initiatives, and different ways of cooperating with other local actors? If yes, the question is how these gender differences could be adequately explained. The theoretical framework draws from the literature on the substantive representation of women in politics as well as findings about gender differences in leadership style. The analysis of empirical data presented in the article indicates that the differences in the modes of working of women and men village representatives are minor and that social role theory is the most adequate explanation. It is also argued that contextual factors such as the presence or absence of other women in the local public sphere play a crucial role.

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