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"The Impact of Party Candidate Selection Procedures On Women's Parliamentary Representation"

Jessica Preece

Many scholars seek to understand the factors that influence the number of women in a country's parliament, and many have identified the importance of political party candidate selection procedures--especially formal gender quotas.  However, less formal aspects political party candidate selection procedures like the degree of centralization, exclusivity, and institutionalization probably also matter.  Unfortunately, good cross-national data on these variables is not currently available.  This project employs students with advanced foreign language skills to gather and compile information on these informal dimensions of candidate selection in twelve countries so that we can understand which ones do impact women's representation.