Journal Article

Why <i>parité</i> is a better goal than quotas

Nadia Urbinati

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 465-476
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI:
Why parité is a better goal than quotas

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Quotas, parité, and proportional representation have been the main strategies for redressing injustice in political representation, as well as for amending women’s under-representation. These strategies are an explicit recognition that representation is both a democratic value and a form of participation. The search for strategies of redress is undoubtedly an important fact that testifies to a change in women’s attitude toward representative politics as no longer a target of mistrust in the name of direct participation. This article advocates making parité the general criterion for justice in representation as the best rendering of the peculiarity of women in political representation.

Journal Article.  6066 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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