Arizona State University
Grant Title: Does Women’s Political Presence Matter? Examining Descriptive, Substantive, and Symbolic Representation via a Natural Experiment
Grant Period: August 2014 – August 2015
Kim Fridkin, Political Science, Arizona State University
Magda Hinojosa, Political Science, Arizona State University
Miki Kittilson, Political Science, Arizona State University
Arizona State University will study how women’s descriptive, substantive, and symbolic political representation is affected by legislation that establishes quotas for the number of women serving in political office. ASU will study these effects in Uruguay, where the 2009 gender quota law will be implemented for the first time in October 2014 and the five-year lag between ratification and implementation provides an opportunity for a natural experiment on the law’s effects independent of those attributed to its drafting and passage. The ASU team will conduct a two-wave survey, before and after quota implementation, and compare those survey results to content analyses of election coverage, legislators’ floor speeches and websites, and bill sponsorship.