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Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe

Richard E. Matland and Kathleen A. Montgomery


This book presents 12 case studies on female legislative representation in new post-communist democracies in Europe. The cases represent a wide range of “pathways” from communist rule. Five rank as lower-middle income (Bulgaria, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine), four as upper-middle income (Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, and two as high-income (Germany and Slovenia). A general framework on legislative recruitment based on Western political science literature is used to explain changes over time within each country. It is shown that many of the theoretic ... More

Keywords: women’s representation, female legislative representation, post-communist democracies, Europe, case studies, women in politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246861
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199246866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard E. Matland, editor
Department of Political Science, University of Houston, Texas

Kathleen A. Montgomery, editor
Department of Political Science, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois
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1 Introduction

Kathleen A. Montgomery

3 Popular Support for Electing Women in Eastern Europe

Clyde Wilcox, Beth Stark and Sue Thomas

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