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The merit of party institutions: Women's descriptive representation and Conservative parties in Australia and the United Kingdom

Taflaga, Marija; Beauregard, Katrine


Generally, right-wing political parties tend to fall behind their left-wing counterparts on women's representation. Conservative parties emphasize individual merit rather than structural barriers as an explanation for low levels of women succeeding in candidate selection processes. Some right-wing parties have made more progress than others. Comparing parties within the conservative family, we aim to reveal what institutional factors may retard or promote women's representation. We find that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020-02-23
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Women, Politics and Policy
DOI: 10.1080/1554477X.2020.1701934


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