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Aux marges du Palais : la Délégation aux Droits des Femmes. Contribution à une sociologie de l’Assemblée nationale et du travail législatif.

Abstract : The French Parliament under the Fifth Republic has often been found weak when it comes to legislative prerogatives, but this does not mean that MPs have given up on trying to draft the laws. Quite the contrary: every day, parliamentarians get involved, they amend projects, defend their bills, and sometimes even win the day. Taking their involvement seriously, this research aims to show why Parliament matters, from the example of the National Assembly’s Delegation for Women’s Rights. Even though the Delegation can be argued to be of secondary importance, it definitely played a part in some bills being passed, including controversial ones. The angle we chose – considering legislative work from the outskirts of Parliament – enables us to highlight the strategies and efforts made by those MPs to take part in the legislative process. The research is based on interviews as well as archive work. Beyond the sole logics of parliamentary feminism, this dissertation aims to contribute to a sociology of political careers and to a sociology of law-making. The first half emphasizes how the Delegation, though marginal, works as a space for MPs to learn the skills to navigate parliamentary life, contributing to a lasting interest in law-making for the Delegation members, and shaping their careers. The second half is dedicated to the MPs daily activities, and shows how legislative activity gets entangled with representation. We come to describe the legislative work as a succession of interactions that aim at symbolically reframing the stakes of the debate, and alter social relations and loyalties amongst MPs, which allow them to circumvent the rules, and sometimes take the upper-hand.
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Claire Bloquet. Aux marges du Palais : la Délégation aux Droits des Femmes. Contribution à une sociologie de l’Assemblée nationale et du travail législatif.. Science politique. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021PA01D051⟩. ⟨tel-03708786⟩

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