Incorporates important recent changes in women's political participation and representation, such as the election of new women presidents and prime ministers and the continued spread of gender quotas Expanded coverage of women's political participation now includes women judges and women in local levels of governance Updated coverage of women's political representation in the Middle East and North Africa highlights events and issues since the Arab Spring Incorporates more than 100 new studies from the rapidly expanding field of gender and politics Includes an up-to-date discussion on gender quotas and their effects, including coverage of the trend towards “parity” quotas KEY FEATURES: Six chapters cover women's political power in specific geographic regions with case studies from all over the world Includes the latest information available on women in politics worldwide Charts, maps, and tables give visual overviews of the substantial variation in women's access to political power around the world, the growth in women's political power over time, and persistent obstacles to gender equality in politics

Explaining the Political Representation of Women—Politics

Explaining the political representation of women—politics

Just as there is a supply side of women, created by cultural traditions and social structure, there is a demand side. Political parties may have different levels of demand for women candidates and voters may or may not support those women candidates. In this chapter, we discuss various political factors that affect the demand for women as candidates and legislators.

Recall the political recruitment process discussed at the beginning of Chapter 4. Explanations focusing on political demand are concerned with the latter portion of Figure 4.1. Once women decide that they would like to run for office, they must also pass the two barriers at the end of the process: They must be selected ...

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