Women’s Representation in Politics in South Eastern Europe: Quotas and the Importance of Party Differences

E. Rashkova, Emilia Zankina

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Abstract

Quotas are determined to be the main and
most effective tool in promoting gender equality. We
examine six Southeast European countries where quotas
have been either reintroduced (following the abolition of communist-era quota systems) or introduced for the first time. Presenting original data on the descriptive representation of women in parliament, we find significant within region variety. Unlike in Western countries, where women’s representation tends to be higher among center and left parties, center-right parties have in some cases staged the most women. We look into quotas, as well as cultural and historical contexts, in order to examine this region-specific phenomenon
and account for the within-region variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-393
Number of pages18
JournalTeorija in Praksa
Volume54
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • gender and politics
  • descriptive representationof women
  • quotas
  • Southeastern Europe

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