DSC_2519Drude Dahlerup

Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University

and honorary professor at Roskilde University

e-mal: drude.dahlerup@statsvet.su.se 

Gender Equality as a Closed Case: A Survey among the Members of the 2015 Danish Parliament

Drude Dahlerup, in Scandinavian Political Studies, vol. 41, no. 2, 2018, pp.188-209.

see Abstract under ‘Publications’.  En kortversion på dansk er trykt i Politiken, søndag d.12.auagust 2018 i Debat sektionen, ‘Analyse’. “”Skyttegrav. Ligestilling splitter blå og røde: https://politiken.dk/debat/analyse/art6660721/Klart-flertal-af-bl%C3%A5


Læs Drude Dahlerups artikel Kvindeoprøret fra Samfundsøkonomen om 68-bevægelserne.

To af Rødstrømpebevægelsens vigtigste slogans var: ”Ingen klassekamp uden kvindekamp – ingen kvindekamp uden klassekamp” og ”Det private er politisk”. Mens det første slogan er gået over i historien, er det andet blevet højaktuelt med #MeToo-bevægelsens globale oprør mod seksuel chikane og seksuelle krænkelser.

Du kan læse Drude Dahlerups artikel fra Samfundsøkonomen med titlen “Kvindeoprøret” her.


Visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 7-10, 2018, see under What’s New.


My latest book, Has Democracy Failed Women?, is now available from Polity: http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509516360

The book is part of Polity Press’ new series ‘Democratic Futures’ , written for a general audience, and for scholars and students.

Why are women still under-represented in politics? Can we speak of democracy when women are not fully included in political decision-making? Some argue that we are on the right track to full gender equality in politics, while others talk about women hitting the glass ceiling or being included in institutions with shrinking power, not least as a result of neo-liberalism.

 In this powerful essay, internationally renowned scholar of gender and politics Drude Dahlerup explains how democracy has failed women and what can be done to tackle it. Political institutions, including political parties, she argues, are the real gatekeepers to elected positions all over the world, but they need to be much more inclusive. By reforming these institutions and carefully implementing gender quotas we can move towards improved gender equality and greater democratization.                       

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Exclusion without words

Chapter 2: Breaking male dominance in politics

Chapter 3: The impact of Gender Quotas

Chapter 4: Gendering Public Policy

Chapter 5: Women in global politics


“Drude Dahlerup offers an interesting, lucid and challenging arguments about the many relationships between gender and democracy. Wide ranging and well informed this book is clear and accessible. It should be read by anyone interested in either or both of feminism and politics.”
Joni Lovenduski, Professor Emerita of Politics, Birkbeck College
“Authored by one of the pioneering scholars of gender and politics, Has Democracy Failed Women? offers a wide-ranging overview of developments and debates regarding women’s political empowerment in global historical perspective. Drawing on decades of research and extensive consulting experience, Drude Dahlerup concludes that democracy has failed women, but women can revitalize democracy, providing a powerful impetus for future studies and advocacy for more women in political life.”
Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University
Two 4-stars reviews on Amazon:
David Keymer:

“Dahlerup is not a ranter or a raver. She writes a cool, deliberate, decidedly temperate prose, and she doesn’t propose a cookie cutter solution to the problem.”

Worddancer Redux is more critical, however also gives the book 4 stars.
“A useful book as these short Polity books often are. I wish that the pacing had been better, though.”
See more reviews under publications

Upcoming public speeches, see  under What’s New.



Gender Quotas in Central and Eastern Europe.

“Legitimacy and Effectiveness of Gender Quotas in Politics in Central and Eastern Europe.” Special section of the Slovenian journal Teorija in Praksa (in English), edited by Drude Dahlerup and Milica Antic Gaber. Available at  http://www.fdv.uni-lj.si/revije/znanstvene-revije/teorija-in-praksa/iz-vsebine/teorija-in-praksa-2-(2017).

Mission to Bhutan for The Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, DIPD, March 6-10, 2017, see under consultancy.

Mission to the Ivory Coast, June 30-July 1, 2016, see under consultancy.

Ny bog (New book: Before and After Suffrage. 2015, in Danish):

Anette Borchorst og Drude Dahlerup (red.): Før og efter stemmeretten. Køn, demokrati og velfærd. Udkom 2.nov. 2015: Før og efter stemmeretten_pressemeddelelse

Se Drude Dahlerup i udsendelsen “Kvindestemmer” om rødstrømpeaktionen, som var lige ved at gå i vasken – på youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afbXDQqCf2Q

Mission to Kenya July 13-17, 2015.

As a gender quota expert, Drude Dahlerup was part of an IPU-mission to Kenya in July, see under Consultancy. 


 100 years of women’s suffrage, see what’s new.

 *Recent titles:

“Drude Dahlerup: “From Feminist Activist to Professor” , pp.75-100 in Rekha Pande (ed.), A Journey into Women’s Studies. Palgrave Macmillan 2014.

Drude Dahlerup: “The Critical Mass Theory in Public and Scholarly Debates”, pp. 137-63 in Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs (eds.), Deeds and Words. Gendering Politics after Joni Lovenduski.  ECPR studies 2014.     20150127165335016

Drude Dahlerup: “Representing Women: Defining Substantive Representation of Women, pp. 58-75 in Maria C.Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M.Taylor-Robinson (eds.). Representation. The Case of Women. Oxford University Press. 2014.  Substantive.20150825134520681

 *Recent book: Breaking Male Dominance in Old Democracies. Oxford University Press. 2013.

Breaking Male Dominance coverEdited by Drude Dahlerup, Stockholm University, and Monique Leyenaar, Radboud University Nijmegen

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