Critical Mass Theory and Women's Political Representation

  title={Critical Mass Theory and Women's Political Representation},
  author={Childs Sarah and Lena Krook Mona},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={725 - 736}
In studies of women's legislative behaviour, the concept of critical mass is widely used and, more recently, criticised as a tool for understanding the relationship between the percentage of female legislators and the passage of legislation beneficial to women as a group. In this research note, we revisit classic contributions by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Drude Dahlerup and outline and discuss their assumptions regarding anticipated connections between numbers and outcomes. We find that later… 

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