Women and Legislative Representation: Electoral Systems, by M. Tremblay

By M. Tremblay

Women in Legislative illustration: Electoral platforms, Political events, and intercourse Quotas provides an entire and overseas point of view at the share and impression of ladies in nationwide parliaments. extra accurately, it seeks to spot the criteria that impact the share of woman parliamentarians, paying specific realization to the electoral approach. during the specific point of view of girl illustration in parliaments, editor Manon Tremblay and the members search to supply an figuring out of a profound political move, that of the 3rd wave of democratization of political platforms. Revised and up to date, this quantity is still special in its specialize in electoral platforms as an evidence for the share of ladies in nationwide parliaments.

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Women and Legislative Representation: Electoral Systems, Political Parties, and Sex Quotas

Ladies in Legislative illustration: Electoral platforms, Political events, and intercourse Quotas supplies a whole and overseas point of view at the share and influence of girls in nationwide parliaments. extra accurately, it seeks to spot the criteria that impression the proportion of girl parliamentarians, paying specific realization to the electoral procedure.

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It is possible, as in Finland, for the number of seats assigned to a political party to be determined by the sum of votes received by candidates on an individual basis. The elector is then voting for a candidate and not a party (Raunio 2005; Taagepera 1994). 9. org/report-types/freedom-world (accessed February 29, 2012). 10. The opposite effect can also be argued: a low threshold of representation favours the parliamentary representation of small parties for which women are often candidates. However, this argument suffers from an important weakness: since small parties achieve only a few seats each, it is likely that these seats will be given to men, as men are more likely to be the party leaders and thus at the top of each list.

Finally, the case of Japan illustrates the importance (maybe even the precedence) of cultural variables over socioeconomic and political factors in understanding the proportion of women in parliaments. Analysis of each of the countries examined in this work shares a common format of four sections, in addition to the introductions and conclusions: ● ● ● ● Description of the voting system: The objective of this section is to describe the voting system used to elect members to the lower or single house of the national parliament.

In terms of descriptive representation, a legislative assembly is said to be representative if its makeup constitutes a miniaturized model or a microcosm of society. Consequently, it is argued that women are equal citizens and therefore should share, equally with men, public decision-making positions; otherwise, there is a representation deficit. While this is not a new view of representation, it has gathered momentum in recent years. If, historically, the discussion of political representation excluded women, today it is impossible to imagine it proceeding without addressing the political representation of women.

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