How election of women improves services for women
More than one hundred countries have adopted electoral quotas to address gender inequality in representation. But does this have an effect in policy outcomes? Using data from survey of Moroccan and Algerian parliamentarians, Lindsay Benstead finds that quotas do matter: they create mandates, increasing responsiveness to women. “Controlling for other factors, quota-elected women are more responsive to females than parliamentarians of either sex elected without quotas.” Read the article. Benstead also discusses her article in the Washington Post.