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Title: Citizens' attitudes towards descriptive representation: the case of women in Portugal
Authors: Espírito-Santo, A.
Keywords: Citizens’ attitudes
Female MPs
Gender stereotypes
Women’s descriptive representation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract: Although the gender composition of assemblies is slowly changing in order to include more women, very little is known about citizens’ attitudes towards women’s descriptive representation. Using data from a representative sample of the Portuguese population, this article aims to offer an explanation of citizens’ attitudes towards women in parliament. It demonstrates that the Portuguese population is willing to see the presence of women in political power increase, but only up to a certain point: although most people support an increase in the number of female MPs, only a minority wish a substantial increase. This article makes a valuable contribution to the literature by demonstrating that, more than party identification or gender stereotypes, issues surrounding concerns with women’s interests and with the quality of democracy are strongly related to a desire for a gender equilibrated political environment.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1177/1350506814568036
ISSN: 1350-5068
Accession number: WOS:000370068100004
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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