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Gender Quotas in the Constitution: A method to achieve gender equality?
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.
2018 (Engelska)Självständigt arbete på grundnivå (kandidatexamen), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
Abstract [en]

Drawing on earlier research and theories regarding female political representation and its effects on gender equality, the attempt in this study is to investigate whether political gender quotas, legislated in the constitution, has a positive association and effect on gender equality in a society. A substantial number of studies supports the notion that quotas increase female representation in the political context. Yet, few studies examine gender quotas effect on women’s everyday life. The study investigates the variation in gender equality amongst new democracies where countries with gender quotas are compared to countries without. The overall findings appoint that political gender quotas demonstrate more far-reaching effects than to increase the number of women elected. Having a high female representation does affect women’s everyday life and a quota will increase gender equality in a society. This should be regarded as a solid argument in favour of an implementation of a gender quota. Additionally, the results from this study indicate that Anne Phillips theory the Politics of Presence, which points out the importance of having high female representation, does exert an effect.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2018. , s. 36
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Political Representation; Gender Equality; Gender Quotas; Constitution; Female Representation; Substantial Representation; Politics of Presence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-154135DiVA, id: diva2:1270103
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Politices kandidatprogrammet
Tillgänglig från: 2018-12-13 Skapad: 2018-12-12 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-12-13Bibliografiskt granskad

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