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dc.contributor.authorWang, Vibeke
dc.contributor.authorMuriaas, Ragnhild Louise
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-22T10:26:52Z
dc.date.available2020-05-22T10:26:52Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.PublishedWang V, Muriaas RL. Candidate selection and informal soft quotas for women: gender imbalance in political recruitment in Zambia. Politics, Groups, and Identities. 2019;7(2):401-411eng
dc.identifier.issn2156-5503
dc.identifier.issn2156-5511
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1956/22341
dc.descriptionUnder embargo until: 2020-07-04en_US
dc.description.abstractWhat does it take for a female aspirant to win a party nomination in a candidate-centered electoral system in an emerging democracy? Three decades after the third wave of democratization hit Africa, we still know little about women’s entry into politics in countries without formal gender quotas. In this paper we use qualitative interview data on the nomination processes of Zambia’s three main political parties to explore formal and informal aspects of the candidate selection process. A key reason the literature is inconclusive about which candidate selection rules favor gender balance is that these rules tend to be poorly institutionalized, particularly in countries with weak party organizations and strong leaders. Although having local patronage networks may help to garner local support for a candidacy, often the central party leader is the critical decision-maker. Strikingly, Zambia’s main political parties tend to nominate the same number of female candidates, suggesting collusion by the political parties. Ultimately, all political aspirants – irrespective of gender – gain bargaining power by displaying personal funds and local popularity. Their loyalty to a particular party is less important.en_US
dc.language.isoengeng
dc.publisherTaylor & Franciseng
dc.titleCandidate selection and informal soft quotas for women: gender imbalance in political recruitment in Zambiaeng
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.date.updated2019-12-23T13:52:31Z
dc.description.versionacceptedVersion
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2019 Western Political Science Associationen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/21565503.2018.1564056
dc.identifier.cristin1651215
dc.source.journalPolitics, Groups, and Identities
dc.relation.projectNorges forskningsråd: 250669/F10


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