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Contagious RepresentationWomen's Political Representation in Democracies around the World$
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Frank C. Thames and Margaret S. Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814784174

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814784174.001.0001

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Women’s Political Participation and the Influence of Contagion

Women’s Political Participation and the Influence of Contagion

(p.1) 1 Women’s Political Participation and the Influence of Contagion
Contagious Representation

Frank C. Thames

Margaret S. Williams

NYU Press

This introductory chapter notes the variation in women's paths to participation in public institutions, where that path is open, where it is not, and what accounts for the differences in women's access. It analyzes the representation of women in political institutions in the years 1945–2006, considering the factors that might affect representation within a single institution while also accounting for the contagion effect, or how the representation in one institution may influence another. The political institutions considered include legislatures, cabinets, courts, and quota laws. By looking cross-nationally, cross-institutionally, and across time, this study aims to gain a more complete perspective on women's representation. Moreover, it offers a lot of opportunities for generalization, especially as countries consider alternate constitutional arrangements.

Keywords:   women's political participation, women's representation, political institutions, contagion, quota laws

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