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Author: Rodíguez Ruíz, Blanca
Rubio-Marín, Ruth
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Derecho Constitucional
Date: 2008
Published in: International Journal of Constitutional Law, 6 (2), 287-316.
Document type: Article
Abstract: The debate regarding the statutory introduction of gender parity in electoral lists has been led, on the one hand, by those who envisage parity as a way to attain substantive equality between the genders. The opposition has been led by those who, on the other hand, reject it as going against the very principle of equality in its formal dimension, as well as against the autonomy of political parties. Based on the experience of France and Italy on this matter, this article discusses both sets of arguments and applies them to the Spanish context. It further defends the need to bypass the theoretical parameters of equality and affi rmative action in order to place the defense of electoral parity within the theoretical parameters of the postliberal democratic state. It aims, therefore, at articulating electoral parity as a conceptual requisite of the democratic state.
Cite: Rodíguez Ruíz, B. y Rubio-Marín, R. (2008). The gender of representation: On democracy, equality, and parity. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 6 (2), 287-316.
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/76465

DOI: 10.1093/icon/mon007

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