Are Quotas a Good Idea? The Indian Experience with Reserved Seats for Women.

Author:

Nanivadekar, M.

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Date:

2006

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Theme:

Gender and Political Empowerment

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Nanivadekar, M. (2006). Are Quotas a Good Idea? The Indian Experience with Reserved Seats for Women. Politics Gender, 2 (2006), pp. 101-128.

The article examines the benefits of implementing a quota system such as the representation of target groups and greater representation through integrating marginalised groups which offer legitimacy to the current political system. Focusing on India, the article determines that there are some negative impacts on the issues of women's quotas, and while there is a quota for self-government institutions, there is not one for state legislatures and parliament. There is a lack of discussion about gender quotas, which leads to a lack of understanding of what to expect of women who are elected into reserved seats.