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Where have all  the women gone?: A study into the effect of party magnitude on women’s descriptive representation in Swedish local politics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Women’s descriptive representation is an important issue in all democracies. However, which factors affect women’s descriptive representation? This paper investigates whether the number of seats won by Swedish parties in local elections impacts women’s descriptive representation and how. Using data from the two most recent elections to local parliament – 2010 and 2014 – we found that there is a positive relationship between the number of seats won and the share of women elected. We also found indications of a counter-effect when a party wins an uneven number of seats. 

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Political economics, women’s descriptive representation, party magnitude, candidate lists, local parliamentary elections, Sweden
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343538OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-343538DiVA, id: diva2:1186320
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Available from: 2018-06-27 Created: 2018-02-28 Last updated: 2018-06-27Bibliographically approved

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