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Könskvotering inom politiken: eftersträvansvärt eller inte?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Today equal representation between the genders in parliament is something to be desired. One way to reach the goal of equal representation is by using quotas. The purpose of the study is to research the lack of equality in elected institutions by using a perspective on qoutas.  The study also seeks to find answers to if using quotas is a good method according to gender studies. A text analysis is being used to find reasonable solutions to the study´s presented complivations.  By analyzing different texts about quotas some of the more common arguments in the discussion about using quotas in parliaments were highlighted. Some of the more frequent arguments to implement quotas are that it would be more just but also that women and men may have different interests, experiences and therefore equal representation would be a question of resources. Another argument is that a parliament can only be seen as legitimate if it is equaled represented.  Opponents to political quotas often argue that it would be unfair to use quotas since the terms would be different for women and men.  Other frequently used arguments revolve around quotas being undemocratical. These arguments furthermore deem the competence of people to be of no importance and that no one wants to get the position through allocation by quotas. The study shows that according to gender studies, quotas are something to advocate. The reason is that today women have more barriers to representation in parliaments than men. When women and men are in different spheres the gender order can consist and therefore the structure of power will be the same. By using quotas to achieve equal representation the separation between the genders will also decrease and the structure can change. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Quotas, Gender, Eguality, Political representation
Keyword [sv]
Könskvotering, Genus, Jämställdhet, Politisk representation
National Category
Political Science Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44620OAI: diva2:822442
Subject / course
Social Sciences
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2015-06-18 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2015-06-18Bibliographically approved

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