Gender quotas in Ireland: A first for proportional representation by the single transferable vote

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Buckley, Fiona
Brennan, Mary
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This chapter considers the implementation and effect of legislative gender quotas in the 2016 general election, a first for Ireland and a first for the proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote electoral system (PR-STV). It focuses on political parties and examines how they integrated the formal gender quota law into their candidate selection processes. Particular attention is paid to whether the law changed existing candidate selection practices, many of which are guided by informal candidate selection norms, such as a preference for incumbents and those exhibiting localist traits. The chapter concludes that the gender quota law did engender change in the candidate recruitment, selection, and election of women, but, as scholars of feminist institutionalism would describe, the change was â nestedâ and â boundedâ within existing practices surrounding candidate selection, thereby denting but not dismantling the gendered norms of this process.
Gender quotas , Candidate selection , Political parties , Feminist institutionalism , Electoral system
Buckley, F. and Brennan, M. (2021) 'Gender quotas in Ireland: A first for proportional representation by the single transferable vote', in Farrell, D. M. and Hardiman, N. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Irish Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198823834.013.33
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