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The Impact of Gender Quotas$
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Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, and Jennifer M. Piscopo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199830091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199830091.001.0001

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Quotas and Qualifications in Uganda

Quotas and Qualifications in Uganda

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The Impact of Gender Quotas

Diana Z. O’Brien

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the personal and political characteristics of women elected to reserved seats in Uganda to assess whether quotas promote inexperienced and unqualified female party loyalists. Using biographical sketches, Diana Z. O’Brien compares the profiles of quota women and their non-quota counterparts, both male and female. Although the earlier mode of selecting women to the reserved seats via an electoral college did not contain checks on candidate quality and clearly promoted elitism and patronage, the direct election of candidates implemented in 2006 has altered these patterns in significant ways. The statistical data suggests that, on the vast majority of measures, quota women do not differ significantly from other MPs. Indeed, on some indicators they appear to be better prepared for office than non-quota legislators. The evidence thus demonstrates that quotas have not advanced women that are less qualified or more elite than other MPs.

Keywords:   gender quotas, reserved seats, political recruitment, political backgrounds, political experience, candidate qualifications, Uganda

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