Gender and Climate Change: Do Female Parliamentarians Make Difference?

Citation:

Mavisakalyan, Astghik, and Yashar Tarverdi. 2019. "Gender and Climate Change: Do Female Parliamentarians Make Difference?" European Journal of Political Economy 56: 151-64.

Authors: Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi

Abstract:

This paper investigates whether female political representation in national parliaments influences climate change policy outcomes. Based on data from a large sample of countries, we demonstrate that female representation leads countries to adopt more stringent climate change policies. We exploit a combination of full and partial identification approaches to suggest that this relationship is likely to be causal. Moreover, we show that through its effect on the stringency of climate change policies, the representation of females in parliament results in lower carbon dioxide emissions. Female political representation may be an underutilized tool for addressing climate change.

Topics: Environment, Climate Change, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Governance, Political Participation

Year: 2019

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