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Sweden has for many years been recognized as a model of gender equality, in particular relating to its high proportion of women parliamentarians. This book traces this path to equal representation between women and men in elected bodies, with a special focus on candidate selection process and the implementation of special measures such as party quotas.

Using an approach that is based on Feminist Institutionalism and discursive institutionalism, the author focuses institutional reform and change and the ways in which both formal and informal institutions, including rules, practices and norms, as well as key actors’ strategies and alliances may contribute to our understanding of women’s political representation in Sweden and what these gendered outcomes mean in a wider context.

Introduction: What Can We Learn From Sweden? / 1. Theoretical Framework and Methodology / 2. Women’s Political Representation in Sweden, Part 1: From “The Obligatory Woman” to “the Female Minority” 1971-1991 / 3. Women’s Political Representation in Sweden, Part 2: “Every Other One for the Ladies” 1991-2014 / 4. Gender and Candidate Selection in 2002 and 2010 / 5. Gender and Candidate Selection in 2014: the Sweden Democrats and The Feminist Initiative / 6. What this Means for Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives in a Wider Context / 7. Conclusion

Lenita Freidenvall is Senior Lecturer of Political Science at Stockholm University. She is the Co-Director of the Women in Politics Research Network and has published a number of articles on political representation and gender quotas in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. She was Committee Secretary of the Committee on the Labour Market and Secretary of the Speaker’s Reference Group on Gender Equality Issues, Swedish Parliament 2009-2014.

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