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Drude Dalerup

Drude Dalerup, professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at Stockholm University, born on 3 February 1945, living in Taby, Denmark, active in the European parliament.

Dalerup is the critic and one of the chief spokeswomen for the European Union. During 90ies she was a regular social commentator in Sweden in terms of Danish politics. Along with several collaborators, she submitted a written report about racism and written report on quota in her book "Quotas" (2008). She’ s an expert on women's movement in Nordic countries, participant of campaigns for joint immigration policy directed against islamophobia and xenophobia. Together with her ex-husband she criticized the proposal of the Swedish statement of solidarity with Denmark. Dalerup is known as quota gender equality adocate and expert for comments in the feminist initiatives. Drude Dalerup teaches at the University of Stockholm, Department of Political Science, which explores themes of democracy, political leadership, international relations, social politic , social movements, human rights, European politics, violence against women, etc.

Her research currently focuses on woman in politics, gender quotas and social movements, especially the women’s movement and feminist terrorism. “FEMCIT” is her new project on gender equallity among the multicultural citizenship.
(FEMCIT - Nytt genusprojekt om multikulturellt medborgarskap)

Current research projects relate to international comparisons of electoral quotas in order to achieve political equality of women, investigating whether quotas are the key to gender equality. Quotas are very controversial, yet few countries in the world recently introduced a women's quotas in public elections, in different countries such as Sweden, Nepal, South Africa, France, Uganda, Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This project represents the first global comparative analysis in discourse of controversies about quotas and their effectiveness. The project examines how the implementation of various types of quotas in formal and informal systems lead to the empowerment of women in the quantitative and qualitative terms. The effectiveness of quotas will also be explored in the implementation with various minorities.

Quotas represent a change in public policy of equality, from "equal opportunities" to "equal results”. However, quotas are touching fundamental issues of democratic theory (eg. social representation versus conceptual representation), and feminist theory (eg. women's construction as a political category).

The purpose of this multinational comparative analysis is to create a network of international students who conduct a single national study on the introduction of quotas. Furthermore, in-depth analysis on a selected number of countries, including Sweden and the United Kingdom. will be implemented, as well as the study of its influence on international bodies.

Articles on the scientific results will be published in a book (in English) and as two doctorate theses.

From biography

- vice-president of Danish Government's Council for European Politics, 1993-2000;
- board member KVINFO, The Danish Center for Information on Women and Gender), 1998-2003;
- member of the Norwegian State Research Council, Section for Political Science, 1991-1994;
- president of the Cekvina, Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Aarhus, 1991-1992 and 1997;
- president of the International Political Science Association's Research Committee on Sex Roles and Politics), 1982-1985;

She is a member of the Advisory Board of NORA, Nordic Journal of Women's Studies and Arbejderforskning / Working Class History Journal and the editorial board of European Journal of Political Research and Statsvitenskapelig Norsk Tidsskrift.

Published works

"Ligestillingsforståelser i svenske og danske partier - Er en borgelig ligestillingspolitik under udvikling? in Tidskriftet Politik, no 2: 10-16, 2007.

"Electoral Gender Quotas: between Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Result", pp. 73-92 in Representation, vol. 43, no 2, July 2007. "Will Gender balance in Politics Come by Itself?", pp.251-270 in Barbara Kellerman & Deborah L. Rhode (eds.): Women & Leadership. The State of Play and Strategies for Change. Wiley, Boston 2007

"Kontinuitet och vågor i den feministiska rörelsen - en utmaning för teorin om sociala rörelser", ss.85-108 i Åsa Wettergren & Andrew Jamison (red): Sociala rörelser. Politik och kultur. Studentlitteratur 2006.



Anette Borchhorst og Drude Dahlerup: Ligestillingspolitik som diskurs og praksis. Samfundslitteratur. 2003 261 s.

Rødstrømperne. Den danske Rødstrømpebevægelses udvikling, nytænkning og gennemslag 1970-85. Vol.I, 655 pages, vol.II, 500 pages. Gyldendal 1998. (The Redstockings. The rise and fall, the ideas and the impact of the Danish Redstockings Movement, 1970-85, vol I-II. 1998).

Vi har ventet længe nok. Håndbog i kvinderepræsentation, Nordisk Ministerråd. (We Have Waited too Long. Handbook in Women's Representation). In Danish (1988), Icelandic (1988), Norwegian (1989), Swedish (1989) and Finnish (1990). 279 pages.

Blomster og Spark. Samtaler med kvindelige politikere i Norden. Nordisk Ministerråd, 1985. (Interviews with Women Politicians in the Nordic Countries). 349 pages.

Socialisme og kvindefrigørelse i det 19.århundrede. En analyse af Charles Fourier, Karl Marx, Fr. Engels, August Bebel og Clara Zetkin m.fl. GMT:1973. (Socialism and the Emancipation of Women in 19th Century Germany and France). 414 pages.


Books editor

Women, Quotas and Politics (ed), Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006
Moving On. New Perspectives on the Women's Movement. (With Andreasen och Borchorst. Aarhus University Press, 1991. 223 pages.

Kvinder på Tinge (Women in Parliament). (With Kristian Hvidt). Published by the Danish Parliament for the 75th anniversary of women's right to vote. Rosinante 1990. 246 pages.
Køn sorterer. Kønsopdeling på arbejdspladsen. Nordisk Ministerråd 1989 (Gender Structure of the Labour Market).

The New Women's Movement. Feminism and Political Power in the USA and Europe, Sage Publications, London 1986. 254 pages.

Det uferdige demokratiet. Kvinner i Nordisk politikk, (with Elina-Haavio-Mannila och Maud Eduards). Nordisk Ministerråd 1983, two editions, one in Finnish, and one in the three Scandinavian languages - Danish, Norwegian and Swedish (292 pages). In English as Unfinished Democracy. Women in Nordic Politics. Pergamon Press, 1985.


Interview with Drude Dahlerup
Kairo, December, 2010, original audio version


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