Introduction: Gender Gaps on a Global Stage

Miki Caul Kittilson and Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

in The Gendered Effects of Electoral Institutions

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608607
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745799 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Introduction: Gender Gaps on a Global Stage

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Women have long been underrepresented among political elites, and in many countries, continue to lag behind men in an array of political activities. Chapter 1 outlines previous explanations for gender gaps in political involvement, cultural, socioeconomic, and political factors, and introduces the book’s original argument that electoral institutions’ gendered effects are critical for understanding women’s inequality in political involvement worldwide. The chapter also sets out the empirical framework for the book’s comprehensive comparative study of gender gaps in political engagement and participation.

Keywords: gender equality; political involvement; electoral institutions; gender quotas; comparative democracies

Chapter.  4028 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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