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The Mixed Member Proportional System: Providing Greater Representation for Women?

A Case Study of the New Zealand Experience

Authors: Johnson-Myers, Tracy-Ann

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  • Examines the effects of the MMP system on female descriptive and substantive representation using a case study analysis
  • Presents comprehensive longitudinal data that provides an overview of the deliberation, public consultation, debate, and research that went into New Zealand’s electoral change
  • Provides an in-depth analysis of how the MMP system in New Zealand works and the representational benefits that have been derived from it by women, ethnic minorities, and small parties 
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This Brief discusses the adoption of the mixed member proportional (MMP) electoral system in New Zealand and its subsequent effect on representation for women. Concerns about the homogeneity of the legislature under the Single Member Plurality electoral system and the need for increased representativeness and greater proportionality of party preference lead to the changeover in 1996. The book addresses the question of whether an increase in descriptive representation for women in New Zealand’s House of Representatives has translated to policy outcomes that are beneficial to them. It also examines the extent to which female MPs meet the expectation that they will act for members of their groups; pushing minority and gender-friendly legislation and policies into the political arena. Finally, it raises questions about where women are found in New Zealand’s decision making bodies and what influence they might have on policy outcomes. The first book to examine the effects of the MMP system on female descriptive and substantive representation using a case study analysis, this Brief adds to the literature on electoral systems and women’s political representation. This book will be of use to political science students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, particularly those interested in electoral studies, political institutions, politics and gender, and minority representation.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44314-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Mixed Member Proportional System: Providing Greater Representation for Women?
Book Subtitle
A Case Study of the New Zealand Experience
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Political Science
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44314-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44314-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-44313-3
Series ISSN
2191-5466
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 84
Number of Illustrations
7 illustrations in colour
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