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Party Politics and the Implementation of Gender Quotas

Resisting Institutions

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  • Investigates the ‘how’ of recruiting and selecting more women into politics
  • Claims that much of the actual potential of policy measures to enhance gender equality depends on their implementation
  • Produces innovative comparative knowledge on women’s representation across Europe

Part of the book series: Gender and Politics (GAP)

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This edited collection explores how party politics impacts the implementation of gender quotas in political representation across Europe. Contributors identify actors, institutions, and cultural legacies shape how quotas are put into practice. The volume’s subtitle, Resisting Institutions, points to the myriad ways in which parties and other institutions in Europe over time have resisted the inclusion of women into politics. As voluntary party quotas and legislative quotas gained prominence, so did strategies to undermine them. At the same time, Resisting Institutions also indicates that gender equality actors have developed ways to counter such blockages and advance the cause of parity in their legislatures. 17 country cases explore the current state of quota implementation and the effects of confronting androcentric institutions. 

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. No or Informalized Quotas

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Washington, Seattle, USA

    Sabine Lang

  • University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

    Petra Meier

  • University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Birgit Sauer

About the editors

Sabine Lang is Professor of International and European Politics, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, USA.

Petra Meier is Professor of Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium. 

Birgit Sauer is Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria. 

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