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Gender Quotas and Ethnic Minority Representation: Swedish Evidence from a Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Stockholm University.
Research Institute for Industrial Economics.
2015 (English)In: Politics & Gender, ISSN 1743-923X, E-ISSN 1743-9248, Vol. 11, no 02, 345-381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we study the ways in which affirmative action for one political minority, gender quotas, impact on intersectional representation. In a quantitative analysis of detailed panel data from 285 Swedish municipal assemblies, the numerical impact of a zipper placement mandate in Sweden's largest political party, the Social Democratic Party, is analyzed. No evidence that this quota helped, or hindered, the intersectional representation of men or women is found in the short run, but it is found that a weak numerical impact may exist in the long run. A qualitative analysis of party records and interviews with key actors sheds further light on these results. Differences in the norms of representation for women and polyethnic minorities, coupled with weak organizational and practical constraints for formulating policies for the latter, appear to be likely explanations.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 02, 345-381 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270978OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270978DiVA: diva2:890957
Available from: 2016-01-05 Created: 2016-01-05 Last updated: 2016-01-05

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