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Gender Quotas: The Right Idea for Argentina, a Good Idea for Latin America

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Gearhart, Amy
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Scribner, Druscilla
Citation
Volume V, December 2010, pp.60-69.
Date
Dec 2010
Subject(s)
Political parties - Argentina; Women - Political activity - Argentina; Women - Argentina; Representative government and representation; Equality
Abstract
The recent election cycles of Latin American parliaments have seen increased women's representation in some states and a stalemate or even reduction in others. Argentina consistently has among the highest legislative representation for women in the world. Under what conditions do women achieve high rates of legislative representation? I will approach this question by assessing the leading theories, using comparative regional data, and analyzing the successful implementation of the Ley de Cupos in Argentina. I argue that the closed-list proportional representation system in which the Argentine enforced quota structure exists is the most effective condition for women to obtain a high percentage of legislative positions.
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