Women in Russian Regional Assemblies: Losing Ground <sup>1</sup>

Dawn Nowacki

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:

Series: Gender and Politics

 Women in Russian Regional Assemblies: Losing Ground  1

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This chapter examines the variations in women’s representation in Russian regional assemblies. A study of representation levels according to economic regions and distance from the Moscow-St. Petersburg axis show that women have done much better in peripheral regions than in the central regions. Political institutions such as the electoral system, district size, and the level of support for political reform play influence the variation in female representation. Political culture, measured indirectly using dominant religion, also plays a major role in women’s access to regional parliaments.

Keywords: Russia; regional assemblies; female legislative representation; women in politics; political parties; elections

Chapter.  8704 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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