Political parties play the most prominent role in shaping the gender composition of parliaments. Through political recruitment, parties might act in such ways as to promote or hinder gender equality in terms of women’s chances of accessing parliamentary seats. While external factors, such as the electoral system and the presence of legislated gender quotas, have been widely studied as affecting parties’ attitudes towards gender equality, candidate selection procedures are one of the most important, although still understudied, features internal to party organisation that have an impact on women’s representation. By taking the Italian 2013 elections as a case study, our empirical analysis shows that inclusive selection methods, such as open primaries, increase female candidates’ chances of getting elected in comparison to other, more exclusive methods, such as selection by party leadership.

Candidate selection procedures and women's representation in Italy / Pamela Pansardi; Luca Pinto. - In: ITALIAN POLITICAL SCIENCE. - ISSN 2420-8434. - ELETTRONICO. - 15:3(2020), pp. 241-256.

Candidate selection procedures and women's representation in Italy

Luca Pinto
2020

Abstract

Political parties play the most prominent role in shaping the gender composition of parliaments. Through political recruitment, parties might act in such ways as to promote or hinder gender equality in terms of women’s chances of accessing parliamentary seats. While external factors, such as the electoral system and the presence of legislated gender quotas, have been widely studied as affecting parties’ attitudes towards gender equality, candidate selection procedures are one of the most important, although still understudied, features internal to party organisation that have an impact on women’s representation. By taking the Italian 2013 elections as a case study, our empirical analysis shows that inclusive selection methods, such as open primaries, increase female candidates’ chances of getting elected in comparison to other, more exclusive methods, such as selection by party leadership.
2020
Candidate selection procedures and women's representation in Italy / Pamela Pansardi; Luca Pinto. - In: ITALIAN POLITICAL SCIENCE. - ISSN 2420-8434. - ELETTRONICO. - 15:3(2020), pp. 241-256.
Pamela Pansardi; Luca Pinto
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