publication . Article . 2010

Women in the Malaysian parliament: Do they matter?

Ummu Atiyah Ahmad Zakuan;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2010 Journal: Intellectual Discourse (issn: 0128-4878, eissn: 2289-5639, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia
Abstract
This paper explores the impact of women’s representation in the lower house (Dewan Rakyat) of the Malaysian Parliament. It is an attempt to see whether women representatives in the Dewan Rakyat are able to make any impact or difference in parliament, in the context of making policy output more women-friendly. Available studies conducted mainly in the West have shown that women legislators are more responsive to women’s interest than their male counterparts, developing distinctive sets of concerns and priorities and taking leading parts in formulating policies that favour women. Through textual analysis of nine years of the Malaysian Parliament (1999-2007), this ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion, B, Islam. Bahai Faith. Theosophy, etc., BP1-610
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