Do Gender Quotas Foster Women's Political Engagement?: Lessons from Latin America
2009 (English)In: Political research quarterly, ISSN 1065-9129, E-ISSN 1938-274X, Vol. 62, no 4, 715-730 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Gender quotas have been held to have more far-reaching consequences than increasing women’s political representation. Some scholars claim that they foster women’s overall political engagement. After elaborating a theoretical framework on how affirmative action policies to legislative bodies might be beneficial to constituents of the targeted group, I test this hypothesis on women in 17 Latin American countries. Contrasting previous claims, I show that there is no general proof of attitudinal or behavioral effects. The analysis represents an initial attempt to theorize and use large-scale data to examine the more long-term consequences of quota policies on female constituents’ political involvement.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 62, no 4, 715-730 p.
quotas, gender, political engagement, Latin America, policy feedback, symbolic representation
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100820DOI: 10.1177/1065912908322411ISI: 000271826800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100820DiVA: diva2:211064