Women’s Political Engagement Under Quota-Mandated Female Representation

  title={Women’s Political Engagement Under Quota-Mandated Female Representation},
  author={Amanda Clayton},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={333 - 369}
  • Amanda Clayton
  • Published 1 March 2015
  • Psychology
  • Comparative Political Studies
Do affirmative action measures for women in politics change the way constituents view and interact with their female representatives? A subnational randomized policy experiment in Lesotho with single-member districts reserved for female community councilors provides causal evidence to this question. Using survey data, I find that having a quota-mandated female representative either has no effect on or actually reduces several dimensions of women’s self-reported engagement with local politics… 

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