UCL Uncovering Politics

Voting Systems and the Representation of Women

Episode Summary

This week we ask: Which electoral system leads to the fairest representation for women in parliaments?

Episode Notes

No democracy in the world has yet achieved equal representation for women in its national parliament. So it’s important to understand what could be done to improve the situation. 

One long-standing idea is that some electoral systems may be better than others in enabling fairer representation. A new article co-authored by Dr Eleanor Woodhouse, Lecturer in Public Policy in the UCL Department of Political Science, explores this idea.

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