Recent Submissions

  • Notes on Contributors 

    Unknown author (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
  • The Limits of Women's Quotas in Brazil 

    Araújo, Clara (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    In this article, I examine the case of Brazil which, unlike many other Latin American countries, is an example of where quotas are not working. Drawing on over ten years of research and exploring the dynamics of a varied ...
  • Implementing Affirmative Action: Global Trends 

    Ballington, Julie (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    This scoping article gives a global picture of dynamics, trends, policies and mechanisms for engaging with women's representation in political office. It discusses the kind of affirmative action introduced, and where it ...
  • Introduction: Quotas – Add Women and Stir? 

    Tadros, Mariz (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    Quotas have become increasingly popular as a fast track option for securing enhanced political representation largely because of their proven impact on increasing the number of women in parliament. As more countries have ...
  • Does the Political Participation of Women Matter? Democratic Representation, Affirmative Action and Quotas in Costa Rica 

    Sagot, Montserrat (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    For many countries, despite their adoption of quotas, women's political participation remains low. Costa Rica, however, presents a success story in terms of increasing women's descriptive representation and, as a country ...
  • A Silver Lining: Women in Reserved Seats in Local Government in Bangladesh 

    Nazneen, Sohela; Tasneem, Sakiba (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    The system of reserved seats with direct elections to local government bodies has been in place for women since 1997. This article investigates how perceptions have changed about the role of women representatives in local ...
  • Towards a Politics of Collective Empowerment: Learning from Hill Women in Rural Uttarakhand, India 

    Sharma, Divya; Sudarshan, Ratna M. (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    This article argues that to understand the conditions that enable effective participation by women in politics, analysis is needed not just of the characteristics and performance of elected women leaders but also the extent ...
  • Women in Local Government: The Pakistan Experience 

    Khattak, Saba Gul (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    This article looks at women's representation in local government in Pakistan, focusing particularly on the introduction of a quota setting 33 per cent of the seats for women brought in under General Musharraf's Devolution ...
  • Forging Ahead without an Affirmative Action Policy: Female Politicians in Sierra Leone's Post?War Electoral Process 

    Abdullah, Hussaina J. (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    In contemporary post?conflict Sierra Leone, women have managed to secure 13.5 per cent of seats in parliament – without affirmative action in place, thanks to women's groups' and coalitions' mobilisation and activism. While ...
  • The Will to Political Power: Rwandan Women in Leadership 

    Kantengwa, M. Juliana (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    Rwanda has one of the highest representations of women in parliament in the world. This article examines, from the perspective of a female MP in parliament, the dynamics behind the process of supporting more women assuming ...
  • Palestinian Women Contesting Power in Chaos 

    Jad, Islah (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    Palestinian women's political participation is marked by the Israeli occupation and a volatile political situation. This article argues that the political chaos following the Oslo Agreement of 1993 has led to civil society ...
  • Quotas: A Highway to Power in Egypt … But for Which Women? 

    Tadros, Mariz (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    Egypt has recently passed a new quota law, reserving 64 seats for women in addition to its 454 member parliament. While the executive regulations were not issued at the time of writing, the political messages conveyed about ...
  • The Sudanese Women's Movement and the Mobilisation for the 2008 Legislative Quota and its Aftermath 

    Abbas, Sara (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    This article explores the pathways of political action pursued by the Sudanese women's movement leading up to the introduction of a women's quota in 2008 and its implementation in the most recent 2010 national parliamentary ...
  • A Missed Opportunity: Women and the 2010 UK General Election 

    Childs, Sarah (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    The 2010 UK general election presented a rare opportunity to significantly enhance women's representation in the UK due to the larger numbers of vacant?held seats following the parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009. ...
  • Quotas as a Path to Parity: Challenges to Women's Participation in Politics 

    Costa, Ana Alice Alcântara (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    The promise of democratic equality has not arrived for women. In all societies said to be democratic, women have had an arduous struggle and are still fighting for access to rights common to any male citizen, for example ...