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Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women

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Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women

Tajali, Mona and Hoodfar, Homa (2011) Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women. Women Living Under Muslim Laws, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-907024-01-6

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Abstract

The goal of reducing gender inequalities in political representation has been elusive in many different kinds of political systems, even though women have made substantial progress in other areas, such as education, employment and healthcare. This wonderfully accessible book argues that gender quotas are an important strategy to improve women’s political representation in legislatures and political parties and it lays out the history of this approach across the globe. It suggests however, that gender quotas are themselves not an ‘easy fix’ to gender discrimination since similarly designed quotas have had different outcomes across cases. The book’s comparative approach untangles the various factors which need to be considered in designing, lobbying for, and implementing gender quotas so that they can be effective. This volume is tremendously useful and informative for activists and scholars across the globe and does a masterful job explaining divergent outcomes both within regions and across them. While teasing out some shared experiences, it encourages coalitions of activists to develop context-appropriate strategies to craft effective campaigns to end women’s exclusion from political decision-making. Hoodfar and Tajali argue that although increasing countries are successfully and creatively using gender quotas, some of the wealthiest long-standing democracies still continue to experience greater legislative gender inequalities.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Book
Refereed:No
Authors:Tajali, Mona and Hoodfar, Homa
Date:2011
Keywords:Women's Quotas, Electoral Politics, Women's Representation, Democracy
ID Code:973914
Deposited By:MONA TAJALI
Deposited On:25 Apr 2012 14:30
Last Modified:25 Apr 2012 14:30
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