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Joni Lovenduski

Anniversary Professor of Politics

About Joni Lovenduski

Joni Lovenduski is Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has been  a Fellow of the British Academy since 2007  and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009. She is Chair of the Editorial Board of Political Quarterly and a member of the editorial boards of British Politics, The British Journal of Political Science and French Politics. She was Professor of Politics and head of Department at Southampton University from 1995 to 2000. She was Vice –Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research from 2000-2003 and a member of the Research Council of the European University Institute from 2003- 2008. She has acted as consultant on Gender and Politics for UNECE, the European Commission and the Council of Europe. She directed the European Commission funded investigation of the state of the art of research on Gender and Politics in Europe in 1996 and 1997. Until the programme was completed in 2010 she was a European convener of the European Science Foundation funded Research Network on Gender and the State. In 2007 she won the Political Studies Association Special Recognition Award for her contribution to political studies.  In 2009 she won the Gender and Politics Award of the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics. In 2013 she received the UK Political Studies Association’s Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime achievement in political studies.

Her published work on gender and politics includes Feminizing Politics (2005), State Feminism and Political Representation (2005), The Hansard Report on Women at the Top 2005 (with Sarah Childs and Rosie Campbell. Gender and Political Participation (2004) with Pippa Norris and Rosie Campbell; Women and European Politics (1986)Contemporary Feminist Politics (1993) (with Vicky Randall), Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament (1995) (with Pippa Norris), and High Tide or High Time for Labour Women (1998) (with Maria Eagle MP). She was co- editor of The Politics of the Second Electorate (1981) The New Politics of Abortion (1986)Gender and Party Politics (1993) and editor Feminism and Politics (2000) as well as many articles and essays in edited collections on issues of Gender and Politics. Her current research is on gender and political representation, gender and parliament, European Equality Agencies and public policy debates.

Career

  • Joni Lovenduski is Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is Chair of the Editorial Board of Political Quarterly and a member of the editorial boards of British Politics, The British Journal of Political Science and French Politics.  Previously she served on the editorial boards of Political Studies, European Political Science, Politics and Gender, the European Journal of Political Research and the European Political Science Review. She was Professor of Politics and head of Department at Southampton University from 1995 to 2000. She was a member of the executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of the UK between 1978–1982 and from  1993 to  1996 and chaired the PSA Ethics Committee between 1993 and 1996. She was a member of the Research Assessment Exercise Panels in 1996 and 2001.
  • She was Vice –Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research from 2000-2003 and a member of the Research Council of the European University Institute from 2003- 2008. She has acted as consultant on Gender and Politics for UNECE, the European Commission and the Council of Europe. She directed the European Commission funded investigation of the state of the art of research on Gender and Politics in Europe in 1996 and 1997. Until the programme was completed in 2010 she was a European convener of the European Science Foundation funded Research Network on Gender and the State.
  • She was a founding member of the Women and Politics Group of the Political Studies Association of the UK and one of the founders of the Standing Group on women (now Gender) and Politics of the European Consortium for Political Research.
  • In 2007 she won the Political Studies Association Special Recognition Award for her contribution to political studies.  In 2009 she won the Gender and Politics Award of the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics. In 2013 she received the Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime achievement in political studies.
  • With Pippa Norris she designed and conducted the British Candidate Study and the British Representation Study, funded by the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation. With Shirin Rai, Georgina Waylen and Sarah Childs she led the four year Leverhulme Programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament.  Her research has also been funded by the British Academy, the European Science Foundation, the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
  • Her published work on gender and politics includes Feminizing Politics (2005), State Feminism and Political Representation (2005), The Hansard Report on Women at the Top 2005 (with Sarah Childs and Rosie Campbell. Gender and Political Participation(2004) with Pippa Norris and Rosie Campbell; Women and European Politics (1986) Contemporary Feminist Politics (1993) (with Vicky Randall), Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament (1995) (with Pippa Norris), and High Tide or High Time for Labour Women (1998) (with Maria Eagle MP). She was co- editor of The Politics of the Second Electorate (1981) The New Politics of Abortion (1986) Gender and Party Politics (1993) and editor Feminism and Politics (2000) as well as many articles and essays in edited collections.

Research

  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • I have two main strands of current research interests. The first is political representation. I am particularly interested in how institutions are shaped by and shape gender relations and how this in turn affects political representation and the quality of democracy. The second strand is the development and implementation of equality policy in the UK and the European Union. I have also researched on and maintain an interest in Gender and Political Representation; Political Recruitment and Candidate selection, Combining Equality policies in the UK and Europe; Sex Equality Policy; Equality Machinery; Gendering Public Policy and Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament.
  • LATEST HIGHLIGHTS
    • Professor Lovenduski was awarded the Gender and Politics Award by The ECPR during the fifth ECPR General Conference in Potsdam, Germany, 10-12 September 2009. This was the first time the Standing Group has made such an award. The award is a recognition and sign of gratitude of the gender and politics community for contribution to the scientific development of the field and the development of a scholarly network for gender and politics. Furthering the cause and interests of politics and gender scholars and their work in the mainstream political sciences is also a criterion to obtain the award.
    • Professor Lovenduski was awarded the Political Studies Association of the UK’s Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime achievement in political studies in 2013. She was the first woman to receive this award.  “The award …[recognised her]… lifelong commitment to improving women’s representation at Westminster and …[her]… pioneering collaborative work on exploring state feminism, bridging the gap between the study of British politics and gender.”
    • The Leverhulme Trust funded Professor Joni Lovenduski and three other political scientists to study the gendered implications of ceremony and ritual in parliaments between 2007 and 2011. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/gcrp/.
    • Feminizing Politics is an intervention in contemporary debates about women's political representation. Its aims are first; to rehearse the arguments for equality of political representation between women and men, second; to describe and explain the movements and arrangements to increase women's political representation in Britain; third; to consider British developments in a wider context, drawing attention to similar developments in other countries and regions of the world. The fourth aim is to demonstrate the continuing importance of institutions to the nature of and possibilities for political representation. Finally it attempts to draw the attention of political scientists to the importance of gender to the study of politics.
    • The British Representation Study 2005 (BRS): is a research project conducted by Dr Sarah Childs at Bristol University, Prof. Joni Lovenduski and Dr Rosie Campbell at Birkbeck.
    • The BRS 2005 recorded the attitudes, backgrounds and experiences of candidates for the 2005 British General Election.
    • UK Electoral Commission Report: Gender & Political Participation
    • Dr Rosie Campbell and Prof Joni Lovenduski have written a report on Gender and Political Participation for the UK Electoral Commission.
    • The Report, Gender and Political Participation is published by the Electoral Commission. www.electoralcommission.org.uk
    • Joni Lovenduski was a Convenor of the European section of the Research Network on Gender, Politics and the State (RNGS), a cross-national collaborative project that investigated the impact of women's movements on public policy. The project is funded by the European Science Foundation, the American National Science Foundation and the ESRC Future Governance Programme.
    • The RNGS website is http://libarts.wsu.edu/polisci/rngs/
    • Download: Research network on gender, politics and the state (RNGS-Europe)(479kb/pdf)

Recent writing

Principal publications

  • BOOKS
    • Women in Parliament: The New Suffragettes (2005) Politicos with Boni Sones and Margaret Moran.
    • Feminizing Politics. Polity Press, 2005.
    • State Feminism and the Political Representation of Women. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
    • Feminism and Politics, (2 vols.) Ashgate 2000. (Editor)
    • Women in Politics in Britain, Oxford University Press, Co-edited. 1996.
    • Political Recruitment: Gender Race and Class in the British Parliament Cambridge University Press, 1995, Co-authored.
    • Different Voices, Different Lives Gender and Politics A Reader Harper Collins.1994 (Co- edited)
    • Gender and Party Politics, SAGE 1993 (Co-edited.).
    • Contemporary Feminist Politics, Oxford University Press 1993 (co-authored)
    • Politics and Society in Eastern Europe, University of Illinois Press and Macmillan, 1987 (co-author), 474 pp.
    • Women and European Politics: Contemporary Feminism and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Press and Harvester, 1986 (January), 320 pp.
    • The New Politics of Abortion, Sage, 1986 (co-edited), 175 pp.
    • The Politics of the Second Electorate, Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., 1981 (spring) (co-edited), 332 pp.
  • RECENT ARTICLES
    • Prime Ministers Questions as Political Ritual, British Politics. September 2012  pp 1-27
    • Feminizing British Politics The Political Quarterly October-December 2012 Volume 83, Issue 4, pages 697–702,
    • 'Political Representation in  McBride, Dorothy E. and Amy G. Mazur State Feminism and the participation of Joni Lovenduski, Joyce Outshoorn, Birgit Sauer and Marila Guadagnini. 2010. The Politics of State Feminism: Innovation in Comparative Research. Pittsburgh, PA: Temple University Press. (with Marila Guadagnini)
    • Do Women Need Women Representatives? Science, Volume, Issue 01, January 2010, pp 171-194  doi:10.1017/S0007123409990408 (with Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs)
    • Gender Quotas and Models of Political Citizenship British Journal of Political Science Volume 39Issue 04, October 2009, pp 781-803  doi:10.1017/S0007123409990123 (with Mona Lena Krook  and Judith Squires)
    • State Feminism and Women’s Movements, West European Politics January 2008
    • "The Incremental Track to Equality" Parliamentary Affairs October 2005. with Rosie Campbell.
    • 'Why parties fail to learn: Electoral defeat, selective perception and British party politics.' 2004 with Pippa Norris. Party Politics 10(1): 85-104.
    • ‘Introduction’  and editor themed issue on Equality and the Human Rights Commission, Political Quarterly 2008
    • 'Westminster Women: The Politics of Presence' Political Studies 2003.
    • 'Women and Politics, Critical Mass or Minority Representation' Parliamentary Affairs 2001.
    • 'Feminist Ideas and Domestic Policy Change', 2000, Political Studies 48/2,239 - 262 Co-authored.
    • 'The History of Government from the Earliest Times' 1998, Democratisation, Volume 5, No. 4, pp. 197 - 212.
    • 'Gendering Research in Political Science' Annual Review of Political Science, 1998. Pp. 333-56.
    • 'Sexing London: The Gender Mix of Urban Policy Actors', International Political Science Review, Volume 19, Number 2 April 1998, pp. 147-171. Co- authored.
    • 'Gender Politics: A Breakthrough for Women', Parliamentary Affairs October 1997, pp. 200-212. Also published as chapter of P. Norris and N. Gavin Eds.Britain Votes 1997.

Forthcoming articles and recent papers

  • RECENT ESSAYS
    • 'Political Representation in  McBride, Dorothy E. and Amy G. Mazur and the participation of Joni Lovenduski, Joyce Outshoorn, Birgit Sauer and Marila Guadagnini. 2010. The Politics of State Feminism: Innovation in Comparative Research. Pittsburgh, PA: Temple University Press. (with Marila Guadagnini)
    • Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand: Gender Quotas in the Context of Citizenship Models (2005) with Mona Lena Krook and Judith Squires. In Drude Dahlerup (ed) Women, Quotas and Politics, Routledge.
    • 'Sexing Political Behaviour in Britain' in Sylvia Walby (Ed) New Agendas for Women, Macmillan, 1999. Pp190 - 209.
    • 'Women in Parliament: Making a Difference' in Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers, IDEA, 1998. pp. 125-158. co authored.
    • 'Britain's Sexist Democracy: Women, Men and the Politics of Party Government'Beate Hoecker (Ed.) Women's Political Participation in Europe. 1998.pp167-188. (In German)
    • 'The Integration of Feminism into West European Politics' in Martin Rhodes, Paul Heywood and Vincent Wright (Eds.) Developments; in West European Politics, Macmillan, 1996.
  • REPORTS
    • Women at the Top (2005) Hansard Society with Sarah Childs and Rosie Campbell
    • "Gender and Political Participation" Electoral Commission 2004 (with Pippa Norris and Rosie Campbell)
    • Women and Candidate Selection in British Political Parties (With Laura Shepherd-Robinson ) for the Fawcett Society.
    • Women in Political, Social and Economic Decision-Making in Europe Report to Directorate General V of the European Commission, July 1997. Summary version and French translation are also available. Produced as European Commission Publication 1999

Research Supervision

    • British Government and Politics
    • Gender and Politics
    • Equality Policy
    • Women and European Politics
    • EU Sex Equality Policy
    • Political Recruitment
  • If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.

Joni Lovenduski

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3073 8125
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7631 6787
Email: j.lovenduski@bbk.ac.uk

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