Gender Quotas and Women's Political Leadership.

Author:

O'Brien, D. & Rickne, J.

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Date:

2016

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Theme:

Gender and Political Empowerment

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

O'Brien, D. & Rickne, J. (2016). Gender Quotas and Women's Political Leadership. American Political Science Review. Vol. 110, No.1. pp. 1-40.

This article exploits a quasi-experiment to examine quotas’ effect on women’s selection and survival as leaders within their parties. We find that those municipalities where the quota had a larger impact became more likely to appoint female leaders, but not more likely to support the re-election of women to the post. The article also shows that the quota increased the number of qualified female candidates without increasing the diversity among women within the group. These results lend support to the notion that quotas may have an acceleration effect on women’s representation in leadership posts and help dispel the myth that quotas trade short-term gains in women’s descriptive representation for long-term exclusion from political power.