Measuring the Quality of Politicians Elected by Gender Quotas - Are They Any Different?

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Measuring the Quality of Politicians Elected by Gender Quotas - Are They Any Different? / Allen, Peter; Cutts, David; Campbell, Rosie.

In: Political Studies, Vol. 64, No. 1, 2016, p. 143-163.

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title = "Measuring the Quality of Politicians Elected by Gender Quotas - Are They Any Different?",
abstract = "Do gender quotas reduce the quality of politicians elected to a legislature? For the first time in the literature, this article addresses this question by examining the quality of {\textquoteleft}quota women{\textquoteright} compared to their non-quota colleagues at three stages of their political career: their electoral performance, their qualifications for political office and their post-election legislative career trajectories. Drawing on the unique case of Britain following the 1997 general election, no significant difference is found between the quality of {\textquoteleft}quota women{\textquoteright} and their non-quota colleagues. Voters do not punish {\textquoteleft}quota women{\textquoteright} at the ballot box; {\textquoteleft}quota women{\textquoteright} are as equally qualified for political office as their colleagues; and the gatekeepers of executive office do not discriminate against {\textquoteleft}quota women{\textquoteright} in front-bench promotions. Considering this, the article concludes by asking whether the similarity of {\textquoteleft}quota women{\textquoteright} to their colleagues may actually impact on their capacity to affect transformative substantive representation.",
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