A Watershed Moment, or Business as Usual? Female Candidates and Quota Implementation in the 2016 Samoan Election

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2016

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Baker, Kerryn

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Canberra, ACT : Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

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The 2016 general election was the first ever held in Samoa using a constitutionally mandated minimum guaranteed level of women’s representation. The ‘safety net’ gender quota meant that if fewer than five women were elected, additional women members of parliament (MPs) would be appointed to ensure there was a minimum of five. These additional members would be the highest-polling (by percentage) unsuccessful women candidates.

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Working/Technical Paper

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Open Access

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10.25911/5f1fff51e541a

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