Women's representation and legislative committee appointments: The case of the argentine provinces

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Over the last two decades a large number of countries worldwide have adopted a gender quota to increase women's political representation in the legislature. While quotas are designed to achieve equality in legislative power and decision-making, it is unclear if electing more women to legislative office is sufficient to accomplish institutional incorporation. Once women are elected to office, are they being incorporated into the legislative body and gaining their own political power, or are they being marginalized? Using an original data set that tracks committee appointments in the twenty-two Argentine legislative chambers over an eighteen-year period, I evaluate the extent to which women have access to powerful committee appointments-beyond traditional women's domains committees-and how women's access to committee appointments changes over time. I hypothesize that while women may initially be sidelined, as they gain more experience in the legislature they may overcome institutional barriers and develop institutional knowledge that will better equip them to work within the system to gain access to valuable committee appointments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalWorking Paper of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Issue number397
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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