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The Impact of Women in Congress$
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Debra L. Dodson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198296746.001.0001

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Capturing the Process

Capturing the Process

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(p.32) 2 Capturing the Process
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The Impact of Women in Congress
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Debra L. Dodson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198296746.003.0003

This chapter offers a heuristic model to guide the exploration of how the convergence of individual, institutional, and extra-institutional forces contribute to substantive representation of women, as well as to the probabilistic nature of the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation of women. The focus is on seven distinct yet interactive factors: the participant stream, the condition stream, the problem stream, the internal/institutional structural stream, the internal/institutional political stream, the external political stream, and the solution stream. This framework forces the discussion beyond the simple question of ‘Do women make a difference?’ to highlight strategies that can increase (or decrease) substantive representation of women regardless of women’s proportional presence.

Keywords:   condition stream, external political stream, garbage can model, internal political stream, institutional political stream, internal structural stream, institutional structural stream, participant stream, problem stream, solutions stream

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