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Weak Mobilization, Hidden Majoritarianism, and Resurgence of the Right: A Recipe for Female Under-Representation in Hungary

Kathleen A. Montgomery and Gabriella Ilonszki

in Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199246861
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601965 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246866.003.0006

Series: Gender and Politics

 Weak Mobilization, Hidden Majoritarianism, and Resurgence of the Right: A Recipe for Female Under-Representation in Hungary

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This chapter explores the under-representation of women in post-communist Hungary. Female under-representation is attributed to a combination of electoral, cultural and party system factors. Women fare best when non-rightist parties are able to engage in ticket-balance strategies. The built-in majoritarian bias of the Hungarian electoral system discourages party gatekeepers from become pro-active in female recruitment.

Keywords: Hungary; women’s representation; anti-feminism; majoritarian system; female legislative recruitment; political parties; electoral system; women in politics

Chapter.  10073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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