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Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gender Quotas for Political Representation do not Pose a Threat to "Merit"

Gender Quotas do not Pose a Threat to Merit at Any Stage of the Political Process

The UK Labour Party has long utilised All-Women candidate shortlists in an aim to ensure that female representation in the House of Commons increases. This has always been controversial, however it has been responsible for a noted increase in the number of female MPs in general and female Labour MPs in particular. Here, Mary Nugent and Mona Lena Krook dispel some of the myths around All-Women Shortlists, and show that gender quotas do not pose a threat to "merit," and that the diversity they have fostered has brought about a number of important democratic outcomes. 

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/2018/02/gender-quotas-for-political-representation-do-not-pose-a-threat-to-merit.html

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