It takes time: The long-term effects of gender quota

B. Wauters, B. Maddens, G.-J. Put

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We have estimated the changes in parties' behaviour following the introduction of quota regulations in Belgium. We expected to find a curvilinear effect: shortly after the introduction, women candidates would be worse off due to, amongst others, reluctance of the party elite to support women in the electoral contest. But after some time, their situation would improve-we hypothesise-either because parties become more convinced of women's qualities or because of strategic considerations. Our results do show an initial setback followed by a modest increase, but this increase takes longer than we initially assumed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-159
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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