Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide

Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide

by Mona Lena Krook
     
 

In recent years, political parties and national legislatures in more than one hundred countries have adopted quotas for the selection of female candidates to political office. Despite the rapid international diffusion of these measures, most research has focused on single countries - or, at most, the presence of quotas within one world region. Consequently,

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In recent years, political parties and national legislatures in more than one hundred countries have adopted quotas for the selection of female candidates to political office. Despite the rapid international diffusion of these measures, most research has focused on single countries - or, at most, the presence of quotas within one world region. Consequently, explanations for the adoption and impact of gender quotas derived from one study often contradict with findings from other cases. Quotas for Women in Politics is the first book to address quotas as a global phenomenon to explain their spread and impact in diverse contexts around the world. It is organized around two sets of questions. First, why are quotas adopted? Which actors are involved in quota campaigns, and why do they support or oppose quota measures? Second, what effects do quotas have on existing patterns of political representation? Are these provisions sufficient for bringing more women into politics? Or, does their impact depend on other features of the broader political context? Synthesizing literature on quota policies, this book develops a framework for analyzing the spread of quota provisions and the reasons for variations in their effects. It then applies this framework to examine and compare campaigns for reserved seats in Pakistan and India, party quotas in Sweden and the United Kingdom, and legislative quotas in Argentina and France.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199740277
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Gender Quotas
2. The Adoption of Gender Quotas
3. The Implementation of Gender Quotas
4. Reserved Seats in Pakistan and India
5. Party Quotas in Sweden and the United Kingdom
6. Legislative Quotas in Argentina and France
7. Conclusions and Directions for Future Research
Appendix
Notes
References
Index

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