The issue of information in Parliament: an analysis through a gender lens

Information as a substratum of parliamentary decision-making is a crucial issue for representative democracy. Given that representative democracy is in crisis, notably because of a lack of representation, it seems essential to question how Parliament informs itself. In this paper, we will first analyze the political-administrative use of expertise by MPs to understand which data hold their attention and are, in fine, useful for decision making. Secondly, we will highlight the criticisms that can be made of the use of this expertise. Finally, we will raise the question of gender and the importance it is given in the analysis and criticism of the political-administrative use of expertise. Addressing this issue through a gender lens will make it possible to highlight the importance of information for the renewal of representative democracy and the importance of considering the different experiences, particularly that of women, at the heart of political decisions.