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Parity or the Myth of a French Exception

The parity laws, which have introduced measures of positive discrimination
in favor of women in political representation, are part of a general
evolution of international law and democratic practices, as illustrated
by the systems of quotas introduced in most European countries.
Thus the recurrent discourse about a “French exception”, according
to which our universalistic tradition would be incompatible with any
measure of preferential treatment, looks much more like an attempt to
nationalize a policy implemented by international organizations than a
real French peculiarity. However a genuine “French exception” does
exist in the reluctance of political institutions to feminize their cadres,
and it explains why, despite a constraining system, France remains one
of the European countries with the smallest number of women in its
legislative assemblies.

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Référence électonique : Eléonore LÉPINARD, Laure BERENI, "Parity or the Myth of a French Exception", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°111, 111 - Discrimination positive, p.73-85 . Consulté le 2019-09-17 10:54:32 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Parity-or-the-Myth-of-a-French.html