Mi Yung Yoon is Associate Professor of International Studies, Hanover College, P.O. Box 890, Hanover, Indiana 47243.
Explaining Women's Legislative Representation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
2004 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 447–468, August 2004
How to Cite
YOON, M. Y. (2004), Explaining Women's Legislative Representation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 29: 447–468. doi: 10.3162/036298004X201258
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
This study examines the relative impacts of social, economic, cultural, and political determinants on women's legislative representation in sub-Saharan Africa by using an ordinary least squares multiple regression model. Under study are sub-Saharan African countries that held democratic legislative elections between January 1990 and June 30, 2001. Only the latest election in each country is included for analysis. My study finds that patriarchal culture, proportional representation systems, and gender quotas are statistically significant. This study, by focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, fills a gap in the extant literature, which has focused on women's legislative representation in advanced industrialized democracies.