Gender Quotas and Women's Political Leadership

  title={Gender Quotas and Women's Political Leadership},
  author={Diana Z. O'Brien and Johanna Rickne},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={112 - 126}
Though more than 100 countries have adopted gender quotas, the effects of these reforms on women's political leadership are largely unknown. We exploit a natural experiment—a 50–50 quota imposed by the national board of the Swedish Social Democratic Party on 290 municipal branches—to examine quotas’ influence on women's selection to, and survival in, top political posts. We find that those municipalities where the quota had a larger impact became more likely to select (but not reappoint) female… 

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