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Does a Critical Mass Exist? A Comparative Analysis of Women’s Legislative Representation, 1949-1997

Studlar, Donley T; McAllister, Ian


It has often been argued theoretically that a ‘critical mass,’ ranging from 10 to 35 percent women, is needed before major changes in legislative institutions, behavior, policy priorities, and policy voting occurs. This paper examines one of the less-explored dimensions of the critical mass concept is there a process by which women reaching a critical mass of the legislature accelerates the election of further women? Using data from the Inter-parliamentary Union and International Institute...[Show more]

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