Rob Salmond is a Ph.D. candidate in political science, 4289 Bunche Hall, University of California—Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 <firstname.lastname@example.org> and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, 6634 Haven Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045.
Proportional Representation and Female Parliamentarians
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
2006 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 175–204, May 2006
How to Cite
SALMOND, R. (2006), Proportional Representation and Female Parliamentarians. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 31: 175–204. doi: 10.3162/036298006X201779
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
This article asks, “What effect does the choice of a nation's electoral system have on the gender composition of its parliament over time?” I find that the electoral system has an important part to play, but previous work has overstated, by factors of between two and three, how much of a difference an electoral system can make. This article contributes an updated nonlinear theory of female representation, an improved dataset on women's representation across space and time, and more modern statistical techniques than previously used in research on this question.