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Candidate Selection in British Second Order Elections: A Comparison of Electoral Systems and Party Strategy Effects

Evans, Elizabeth and Harrison, Lisa. 2012. Candidate Selection in British Second Order Elections: A Comparison of Electoral Systems and Party Strategy Effects. Journal of Legislative Studies, 18(2), pp. 242-260. ISSN 1357-2334 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Whilst most UK political parties have now accepted the need to increase the number of women representatives, the stark reality is that women remain under-represented. The under representation of women in UK politics is not just evident in the national legislature but is a pattern repeated, to varying degrees, in second order elections at local, devolved and European levels. Recent developments in political recruitment processes allow us to explore the extent to which political parties take advantage of different electoral systems to promote women candidates in second order elections. Providing analysis of (s)election data from across second order elections, this article explores the interaction between systemic and institutional strategies, questioning which combination of electoral system and party strategy is most beneficial for increasing levels of women's representation.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2012.673067

Keywords:

women's representation, electoral systems, second order elections,

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
1 November 2012Published
1 September 2011Accepted

Item ID:

19014

Date Deposited:

05 Oct 2016 16:42

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 10:32

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19014

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