Conceptualizing the Impact of Gender Quotas

Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, Jennifer M. Piscopo

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This chapter sets out the collective theory-building enterprise of the volume. The first section reviews quota policies around the world, as well as research on their introduction and numerical effects. The second section outlines major theories and findings regarding women's descriptive, substantive, and symbolic representation. The third section draws these two literatures together, reviewing the preliminary evidence on how quotas influence the attributes of the women elected, the policy actions of female legislators, and constituent responses to female newcomers. The fourth section establishes definitions for theorizing and operationalizing quota impact with respect to these three facets of political representation. It concludes with an overview of the following chapters, noting how the authors develop their research agenda, as well as how they relate to one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Gender Quotas
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199932924
ISBN (Print)9780199830091
StatePublished - May 24 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Candidate selection
  • Gender quotas
  • Legislative behavior
  • Political engagement
  • Political representation
  • Public opinion
  • Women in politics


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