The Impact of Gender Quotas

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The Impact of Gender Quotas is a theory-building and comparative exercise in elaborating concepts commonly used to analyze the broad impacts of gender quotas. The book begins with the argument that the means by which women enter politics may influence how, why and to what extent their presence affects political representation. Following a preface by Drude Dahlerup, one of the pioneers of gender quota research, the editors introduce the book with a conceptual framework for analyzing the impact of quotas, based ...
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Overview


The Impact of Gender Quotas is a theory-building and comparative exercise in elaborating concepts commonly used to analyze the broad impacts of gender quotas. The book begins with the argument that the means by which women enter politics may influence how, why and to what extent their presence affects political representation. Following a preface by Drude Dahlerup, one of the pioneers of gender quota research, the editors introduce the book with a conceptual framework for analyzing the impact of quotas, based upon descriptive, substantive and symbolic dimensions of representation. The book is subsequently organized into three sections, each devoted to analyzing one of the dimensions of representation, and each of these sections contains a chapter case study from one of four regions of the world (Western Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia). Each of the chapters follows a basic format instituted by the editors, with the goal of facilitating cross-case comparisons and broad theory-building. The editors conclude the book by summarizing the main themes and implications for future research on gender quotas.
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"The editors have united leading experts on quotas and representation in different regions of the world within a superbly crafted common theoretical framework to create an outstanding volume that is both theoretically and substantively enriching. The Impact of Gender Quotas expands our understanding of the effect of electoral gender quotas on descriptive, substantive, and symbolic representation while simultaneously providing an innovative guide for future research in this crucial area of scholarly inquiry."—Mark P. Jones, Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies & Chair of the Department of Political Science, Rice University

"This impressive edited collection greatly advances the field of electoral quota research. The unmistakable conclusion is that gender quotas will not work to shift the quality of public decision-making towards advancing women's interests unless grounded in two crucial political evolutions. The first is the emergence of a political constituency with the commitment and capacity to hold politicians of whatever gender to account for performance on women's rights. The second is political party leadership willing to make women's participation and gender equality principles non-negotiable in public decision-making. Though sobering, the authors are right. There are two clear paths for realizing women's rights: strengthening women's autonomous organizing, and building the accountability and transparency of decision-making in political parties."— Anne-Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor of Governance, Peace and Security, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

"A fine collection EL Highly recommended." —CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199830084
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Franceschet is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary; Mona Lena Krook is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis; and Jennifer M. Piscopo is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Salem College.

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Table of Contents

Preface Drude Dahlerup

Introduction
1. Conceptualizing the Impact of Gender Quotas Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, and Jennifer M. Piscopo

Part I: Descriptive Representation
2. Parity and Legislative Competence in France Rainbow Murray
3. Gender and Political Backgrounds in Argentina Susan Franceschet and Jennifer M. Piscopo
4. Quotas and Qualifications in Uganda Diana Z. O'Brien
5. Reserved Seats, Patriarchy, and Patronage in Morocco James N. Sater

Part II: Substantive Representation
6. Labels and Mandates in the United Kingdom Sarah Childs and Mona Lena Krook
7. Policy Priorities and Women's "Double Bind" in Brazil Luis Felipe Miguel
8. Centralization and Debate Conditions in South Africa Denise Walsh
9. Collective Identities, Institutions, Security, and State-building in Afghanistan Anna Larson

Part III: Symbolic Representation
10. Paradoxes in the Meanings of Quotas in Belgium Petra Meier
11. Political Engagement and Democratic Legitimacy in Mexico P�r Zetterberg
12. Women's Empowerment and Cultural Change in Rwanda Jennie Burnet
13. Politics as a Male Domain and Empowerment in India Lori Beaman, Alexandra Cirone, Esther Duflo, and Rohini Pande

Conclusion
14. Themes and Implications for Future Research on Gender Quotas Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, and Jennifer M. Piscopo

Notes on Contributors Index

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