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Electoral Systems and Women's Representation: The Strange Case of Russia

Robert G. Moser

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/10.1093/0199246866.003.0008

Series: Gender and Politics

 Electoral Systems and Women's Representation: The Strange Case of Russia

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This chapter explores the representation of women in Russia’s mixed electoral system. Cultural attitudes and weak demand for female candidates have discouraged Russian parties from nominating women in winnable positions. A combination of institutional rules, party fragmentation, and communist legacies have closed some doors to representation in the closed party-list proportional representation contest, but provided other opportunities in single-member districts for women.

Keywords: Russia; women’s representation; party system; elections; electoral system; political parties; women in politics

Chapter.  8580 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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