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Determinants of Women’s Descriptive Representation in the 2014 Czech and Slovak Local Elections

Pavel Maškarinec, Daniel Klimovský

Abstract


The main objective of this article is to analyse the determinants of women’s descriptive representation in the 2014 local elections in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is shown that although both countries are considered democratic and in spite of two decades of multi-dimensional transition, women are underrepresented at the local level. Especially electoral results in the municipalities which are considered sub-regional centres and where almost one-half of the population of both countries is concentrated are studied. As it is pointed out, factors like local population or political and institutional factors play an important role in women’s success in local politics.


Keywords


Local politics, local elections, women’s representation, women and politics, Czech Republic, Slovakia

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