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Title: Party Gatekeepers’ Support for Viable Female Candidacy in PR-List Systems
Authors: Luhiste, Maarja
First Published: 17-Mar-2015
Presented at: Gender, Political Behaviour and Representation in “Preferential” Electoral Systems workshop of the 2013 ECPR Joint Sessions at the University of Mainz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP) for Women and Politics Research Section of APSA
Citation: Politics & Gender 11 (01) March 2015 pp. 89-116
Abstract: More women are elected in proportional compared to majority / plurality electoral systems. However, the share of women among the elected representatives varies greatly between different types of PR systems, most notably between preferential and non-preferential PR-list systems. Considerable scholarly attention has been paid to how the voters with preference votes influence the election of women. But we have limited knowledge of how the party gatekeepers’ behaviour influences the election of women in different types of PR-list systems. This paper aims to fill this gap by studying cross-nationally female candidates’ party-determined viability in different types of PR-list systems. The results suggest that women are placed lower in the electoral lists in ordered list preferential compared to closed list non-preferential voting systems. The results also show that party gatekeepers respond to the overall levels of gender equality in the society, but only if the candidate selection within the party is centralised.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S1743923X14000580
ISSN: 1743-923X
eISSN: 1743-9248
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. Copyright © The Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association 2015 The article has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to peer review and/or editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in Politics & Gender published by Cambridge University Press: 11 (01) March 2015 pp. 89-116. Version of record:
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