Electoral quotas and political representation: Comparative perspectives

Mona Lena Krook, Pär Zetterberg

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Electoral quotas have emerged as one of the critical political reforms of the last two decades, affecting a wide range of representative processes. However, the evidence is not yet conclusive with regard to what quotas 'mean' more broadly, either for politics at large or for the empowerment of group members. Taking up this challenge, this special issue brings together articles that collectively expand the current research agenda to theorise and assess the wider impact of electoral quotas. A unifying theme is the use of comparative research strategies to illuminate dynamics indicating the possibilities and limits of what quotas can achieve. This introductory article reviews the existing literature and then details the research strategies and theoretical and empirical findings of the articles that follow, concluding with directions for future research and implications of this work for connecting central debates within political science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Comparative politics
  • electoral quotas
  • electoral reform
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • political representation


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