democratic deficit

Definition

In general, the democratic deficit refers to the limited legitimacy of democracy. Considered from a gender perspective, it can be defined as the impact of an inadequate gender balance, i.e. of overrepresentation of men and underrepresentation of women, on the legitimacy of democracy.

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Source(s)

(1) European Commission (1998). 100 Words for Equality: A Glossary of Terms on Equality between Women and Men; (2) Šribar, R. (2015), ‘Glossary of common terms in gender equality and feminist theory’, in M. Ule, R. Šribar and A. U. Venturini, eds., Gendering Science: Slovenian Surveys and Studies in the EU Paradigms, Vienna, Echoraum.

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