Women, Quotas and Politics (Routledge Research in Comparative Politics)

Women, Quotas and Politics (Routledge Research in Comparative Politics)

By: Drude Dahlerup (editor)Hardback

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This is the first world-wide, comparative study of the controversial new trends of gender quotas now emerging in global politics, presenting a comprehensive overview of changes in women's parliamentary representation across the world. This is important reading for all those working to increase women's influence in politics, because it scrutinizes under what circumstances gender quotas do increase women's representation - and why they sometimes fail. These distinguished international scholars also show how gender balance in politics has become important to a nation's international image and why quotas are being introduced in many post-conflict countries. They present key case studies of Afghanistan, Iraq, Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, Belgium, covering almost all major regions of the world: Latin America, Africa, the Arab world, South Asia, the Balkans, The Nordic countries and Europe, New Zealand, Australia and the USA - and Rwanda, which in 2003 unexpectedly surpassed Sweden as the number one country in the world in terms of women's parliamentary representation. Using a comparative perspective, this book contains analyses of the discursive controversies around quotas; it gives an overview over various types of quotas in use from candidate quotas to reserved seat systems, and it throws light over the troublesome implementation process. When do gender quotas lead to actual increase in the number of women parliament? When are quotas merely a symbolic gesture? What does it imply to be elected as a `quota woman'? Tackling these and many more key questions, this is a major new contribution to the field. Making an important contribution to our knowledge of gender politics worldwide, this book will be of interest to NGOs, students and scholars of democracy, policy-making, comparative politics and gender studies.

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University of Stockholm, Sweden


Part I. Introductory chapters 1. Introduction Drude Dahlerup 2. Arguing for and against quotas: theoretical issues Carol Bacchi Part II. Regional chapters 3. The Nordic Countries: An incremental model Lenita Freidenvall, Drude Dahlerup and Hege Skjeie 4. Latin America: The experience and the impact of quotas in Latin America Clara Araujo and Ana Isabel Garcia 5. Sub-Saharan Africa: On the Fast Track to Women's Political Representation Aili Tripp, Dior Konate and Colleen Lowe-Morna 6. The Balkans: From total rejection to gradual acceptance of gender quotas Milica G. Antic and Sonja Lokar 7. The Arab Region: Women's Access to the Decision-Making Process Across the Arab Nation Gihan Abou-Zeid with the assistance of Dina Obied 8. Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand: Gender Quotas in the Context of Citizenship Models Mona Lena Krook, Joni Lovenduski and Judith Squires 9. South Asia: Gender Quotas and the Politics of Empowerment : A comparative study Shirin M. Rai, Farzana Bari, Nazmunnessa Mahtab and Bidyut Mohanty Part III. Short case studies 10. Gender Quotas in Post-Conflict States: East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq Julie Ballington and Drude Dahlerup 11. Indonesia: The struggle for gender quotas in the world's largest Muslim country Cecilia Bylesjoe and Francisia SSE Seda 12. Affirmative action at the IPU Kareen Jabre Part IV. Concluding chapters 13. Electoral Quotas: Frequency and Effectiveness Richard E. Matland 14. Conclusion Drude Dahlerup

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  • ISBN13: 9780415375498
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780415375498
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 0415375495

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