Women in local political class. A spatial analysis
The aim of the paper s to investigate the territorial differences in female inclusion in local political class in Italy. Many evidence are offered by current literature of the low and bad Italian female political participation especially if compared to European or international context. The paper contains a double level of analysis, the first one includes longitudinal analysis based on national data of elected women in local institution from 1986 to 2014. The second part of the paper illustrates the results from a national survey on Italian municipal councillors, where the traditional territorial discontinuity is evident especially for what concerns the sense of politics and the work-life paths of elected women. Both of level of analysis clearly show a geography of female participation far from been equal and equally distributed along the territories and the institutions.
Keywords: Women political participation; Female political representation; Local political class; Gender divide.