When Is Contagion Not Very Contagious? Dynamics of Women’s Political Representation in Scotland

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Abstract

Research on the ‘contagion effect’ suggests that the dynamics of party competition
explain the adoption of party gender quotas. However, there is little systematic
evidence as to the conditions under which contagion occurs. Based upon
analysis of trends in women’s political representation in Scotland 1992–2011,
we ask how intra-party factors and multi-level dynamics impact on party decisions
to adopt and implement gender quotas. We find mixed evidence of quota contagion
across party systems or different party and political levels and conclude that
multi-level party dynamics play a key role in explaining why contagion is not very
‘contagious’ in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-886
Number of pages21
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Volume67
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jan 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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