Will the "fuori casta" be able to save Italy? Potentiality and problems of the female representation in politics - Why are there so few women elected to political office? Do women politicians encounter most obstacles near the top as glassceiling theory maintains, or do they face difficulties all along their careers as labyrinth theory would predict? Which supports help women politicians? How do male colleagues view them? Do top women politicians become similar to men in personality traits and values? The paper discusses the results of three studies conducted with about 1000 women and men elected to local and national offices, Women politicians encounter obstacles all along their career, but having integrated feminine and masculine personality traits and adhering to universalistic values they could help restore trust in politicians. Community psychologists, representing a minority within psychology could join with women politicians, a minority within the political world, to fight together for common aims.

Key words: gender and politics, personality traits, values, glassceiling, gender divide, political divide)" />
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"Le fuori casta" potranno salvare l’Italia? Potenzialità e problematiche della rappresentanza femminile in politica
Journal Title: PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’ 
Author/s: Donata Francescato 
Year:  2009 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  18 Pg. 27-44 FullText PDF:  111 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PSC2009-001004
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Will the "fuori casta" be able to save Italy? Potentiality and problems of the female representation in politics - Why are there so few women elected to political office? Do women politicians encounter most obstacles near the top as glassceiling theory maintains, or do they face difficulties all along their careers as labyrinth theory would predict? Which supports help women politicians? How do male colleagues view them? Do top women politicians become similar to men in personality traits and values? The paper discusses the results of three studies conducted with about 1000 women and men elected to local and national offices, Women politicians encounter obstacles all along their career, but having integrated feminine and masculine personality traits and adhering to universalistic values they could help restore trust in politicians. Community psychologists, representing a minority within psychology could join with women politicians, a minority within the political world, to fight together for common aims.

Key words: gender and politics, personality traits, values, glassceiling, gender divide, political divide

Donata Francescato, in "PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’" 1/2009, pp. 27-44, DOI:10.3280/PSC2009-001004

   

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