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Quotas for Women in PoliticsGender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide$
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Mona Lena Krook

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375671.001.0001

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The Implementation of Gender Quotas

The Implementation of Gender Quotas

(p.37) THREE The Implementation of Gender Quotas
Quotas for Women in Politics

Mona Lena Krook (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the implementation of gender quotas. The literature offers three explanations for variations in their effects: details of the policies themselves, the institutional frameworks in which they are introduced, and the balance of actors for and against quota implementation. After evaluating the evidence, the chapter makes a case for reconciling these accounts to consider how structures, practices, and norms work together to produce the effects of quota policies. It develops an alternative model of candidate selection based on configurations of three categories of gendered institutions and argues that each category of quota attempts to reform a different kind of political institution. The resulting framework treats quota impact in relation to how policies affect existing institutional configurations in ways that facilitate or undermine transformation in women's political representation.

Keywords:   gender quotas, policy effects, institutions, institutional reforms, causal configurations

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