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Methods, methodologies and epistemologies in the study of gender and politics

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This 'state of the art' contribution reviews the methods, methodologies and epistemologies employed in gender and politics scholarship over time. We discuss the orientations and approaches of early scholars of Women and Politics, who challenged the claims that political science was both gender-neutral and objective, through more recent debates in political science over methodological pluralism, transparency and replicability. We trace the broadening of the subfield, marked by greater appreciation and use of quantitative research and by greater use and tolerance of quantitative approaches. We point to obstacles and promising directions in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research, demonstrating the methodological pluralism of gender and politics research today.
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Keywords: EPISTEMOLOGY; FEMINIST; GENDER; METHODOLOGY; METHODS; POLITICS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: July, 2018

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  • The European Journal of Politics and Gender (EJPG) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes international, cutting-edge research in the broad field of politics and gender. EJPG is the flagship journal of the European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG).

    EJPG is firmly embedded in global politics and gender scholarship, its scope is not limited to Europe. EJPG aims to advance gender and politics research in all its diversity. To this end it publishes Research Articles in the wide field of gender and politics, including a variety of geographical and thematic foci, methods and epistemological traditions. Contributions may rely on single-country case studies as much as cross-national comparative work or theoretical debates. The core criterion for publication is innovation and rigorous argumentation. Articles must have a clear ?take home message.'

    EJPG understands gender as a political phenomenon that shapes power relations. Gender is contextual and is influenced by the intersection of multiple social categories and identities. The processes produce patterns of political inclusion and exclusion that are sometimes immediately visible, but often also hidden. EJPG therefore studies formal and informal components of politics in local, national, transnational and global realms. Subfields encompass, but are not limited to: social movements; representation; political participation; governance; public policy; the European Union; political economy; conflict and development; citizenship; LGBTQI politics; sexuality; and international relations.

    EJPG solicits State of the Art pieces, which provide timely analyses of developments in the many subfields of politics and gender. These contributions focus on salient and contemporary themes. What are new research puzzles and dilemmas? Finally, EJPG includes a Gender Updates section, in which short descriptive pieces present data or analyses related to elections, policy changes, and public debates on gender-related issues across Europe. This section is a valuable resource for scholars, students, activists, and practitioners who may use this data for research and interventions in policy- and public debate.

    For questions and pre-submission enquiries, please contact the editorial team at: [email protected]

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