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Political Power and Women’s Representation in Latin America

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer


The number of women elected to Latin American legislatures has grown significantly over the past 30 years. Yet, wide variation persists across countries within the region. These patterns generate politically relevant and theoretically challenging questions about the causes and consequences of women’s representation in Latin America. Why have the numbers of women in office increased in some countries and why does it vary across others? What does having women in office mean for how representatives legislate? And, what consequences does the election of women have for representative democracy, mor ... More

Keywords: women, representation, Latin America, gender, politics, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer, author
University of Missouri
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