Themes and Implications for Future Research on Gender Quotas

Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook and Jennifer M. Piscopo

in The Impact of Gender Quotas

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199830091
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932924 | DOI:
Themes and Implications for Future Research on Gender Quotas

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This chapter revisits the empirical findings of the volume, seeking to discern common themes regarding each facet of representation. Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, and Jennifer M. Piscopo consider possible connections between methodology and conclusions. They then delve into variations, comparing insights across sections to explore how features beyond the presence of a quota may shape the effects observed, including (1) quota design, adoption, and implementation, (2) political institutions and context, and (3) learning over time. Putting these elements together, the final part draws on the case study evidence to theorize and illustrate how patterns with regard to one facet of representation may shape outcomes related to another facet of representation. Based on this collective theory-building exercise, the volume concludes with some thoughts on avenues for future research, emphasizing the importance of generating both cumulative and comparative frameworks for studying the impact of gender quota policies.

Keywords: gender quotas; political representation; theory-building; policy impact; women in politics

Chapter.  6725 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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