Beyond Supply and Demand: A Feminist-Institutionalist Theory of Candidate Selection


Krook, Mona Lena. 2010. "Beyond Supply and Demand: A Feminist-Institutionalist Theory of Candidate Selection." Political Research Quarterly 63 (4): 707-20.

Author: Mona Lena Krook


Dynamics of candidate selection are central to political representation. The dominant model used to study the case of women focuses on the supply of and demand for female aspirants. This article develops a critique of this approach, by drawing on two sets of theoretical tools: institutionalism and feminism. It subsequently elaborates an alternative perspective on candidate selection based on configurations of three kinds of gendered institutions: systemic, practical, and normative. The utility of this approach is then explored through three paired comparisons of cases in which quota policies have been introduced, disrupting some but not necessarily all aspects of gendered institutional configurations.

Keywords: political institutions, quotas, electoral systems, identity politics, political representation, feminist perspectives

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Women, Governance, Elections, Political Participation

Year: 2010

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