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Political parties, formal selection criteria, and gendered parliamentary representation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3530-2805
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)In: Party Politics, ISSN 1354-0688, E-ISSN 1460-3683, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 325-335Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political parties sometimes set up formal criteria to define the pool of potential candidates. This article represents the first large-scale comparative analysis of potential unintended gendered consequences of these formal selection criteria for parliamentary representation. Using unique data on 101 political parties in 32 African, Asian, and postcommunist European countries, we find that there is indeed a relationship between formal selection criteria and men's and women's political representation. Criteria that concern ethnic or geographic background and intraparty experiences are harmful to women. On the other hand, gendered consequences are not as pronounced as a result of criteria concerning qualifications or requirements in relation to electability. Taken together, the analysis points to the need to pay increased attention to formal selection criteria and how this under-researched aspect of candidate selection shapes the parliamentary representation of underrepresented groups.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD , 2019. Vol. 25, no 3, p. 325-335
Keywords [en]
candidate selection, formal selection criteria, gender, political parties, representation, feminist institutionalism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383848DOI: 10.1177/1354068817715552ISI: 000466430900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383848DiVA, id: diva2:1317983
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P10-0801:1Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved

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