Czech Political Parties Prefer Male Candidates to Female Votes

Steven Saxonberg

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

 Czech Political Parties Prefer Male Candidates to Female Votes

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This chapter examines the reasons behind low female representation in the Czech parliament. It is argued that the nominating process is the biggest obstacle faced by female politicians. The absence of a strong women’s movement causes parties that decide on how to balance the tickets to prioritise regional balance instead. Another reason is the lack of transparency in the nomination process of political parties, which tends to undermine female, minority, and other groups outside of the power structure.

Keywords: Czech republic; parliament; women’s representation; female parliamentarians electoral systems; political parties; nomination; recruitment; women’s organizations

Chapter.  9234 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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