Women in parliaments in the Pacific region

Zetlin, Diane (2014) Women in parliaments in the Pacific region. Australian Journal of Political Science, 49 2: 252-266. doi:10.1080/10361146.2014.895796

Author Zetlin, Diane
Title Women in parliaments in the Pacific region
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2014-03-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2014.895796
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 2
Start page 252
End page 266
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The island states of the Pacific region are at the bottom of the international league table for the representation of women in parliament. Despite considerable efforts by international agencies and donor governments and by women of the region, progress on increasing representation is extraordinarily slow. Three major explanations for these low levels of representation can be identified. The most common explanation relates to cultural beliefs, while a second account locates the problem in women's socio-economic status. The third explanation argues that there are obstacles for women in the electoral and parliamentary institutions that warrant the introduction of legislated minimum representation of women. Each of these explanations contributes value to our understanding but each also has significant deficiencies, which are identified in the article.

Keyword Gender
Pacific Islands
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 12 Jun 2014, 19:54:46 EST by Diane Zetlin on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies