Gender Equality in Politics

Implementing Party Quotas in Germany and Austria
  • Co-Author:
  • Sabine Lang with Petra Ahrens, Katja Chmilewski and Birgit Sauer
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Date: 2020
Gender Equality in Politics

This book provides a timely and unique contribution to current debates on how effectively voluntary party quotas address the persistent underrepresentation of women in legislatures. Using a most similar case design and a mixed-methods approach, the authors draw attention to the ways in which electoral systems and party regulations interface with voluntary party quotas in Germany and Austria. All quota parties in these countries support the goal of equal participation of women and men in elected office, and quotas are presented as a means to precisely that end.