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Gender Quotas on Boards - Is It Time for Australia to Lean In?

Spender, Peta

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This article examines whether Australia should introduce a gender quota on ASX 200 boards. Although existing institutional arrangements favour voluntary initiatives, Australia may be at a critical juncture where two factors — the public, pragmatic nature of the statutory regulation of corporations in Australia and the current salience of gender as a political issue —may favour the introduction of a quota. In particular, Australian policy-makers may be amenable to change by observing initiatives...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSpender, Peta
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:30:19Z
dc.identifier.issn1321-3660
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/22273
dc.description.abstractThis article examines whether Australia should introduce a gender quota on ASX 200 boards. Although existing institutional arrangements favour voluntary initiatives, Australia may be at a critical juncture where two factors — the public, pragmatic nature of the statutory regulation of corporations in Australia and the current salience of gender as a political issue —may favour the introduction of a quota. In particular, Australian policy-makers may be amenable to change by observing initiatives from other jurisdictions. It is argued that we should maintain a healthy scepticism about functionalist arguments such as the business case for women on boards. Rather, we should invoke enduring justifications such as equality, parity and democratic legitimacy to support a quota. The optimal design of an Australian gender board quota will be also be explored.
dc.publisherDeakin University
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceDeakin Law Review
dc.titleGender Quotas on Boards - Is It Time for Australia to Lean In?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume20
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor180100 - LAW
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1015647xPUB21
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSpender, Peta, ANU College of Law, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage95
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage121
local.identifier.absseo970118 - Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T10:03:26Z
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CollectionsANU Research Publications

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