Title

The representation of younger age cohorts in Asian parliaments: Do electoral systems make a difference?

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2013

Abstract

This study examines the descriptive representation of younger age cohorts in Asian parliaments. Drawing from literature on women's parliamentary representation, it develops the hypothesis that proportional representation (PR) elections provide more incentives for the inclusion of younger representatives than do single-member district plurality (SMDP) electoral systems. Analysing an original dataset of over four thousand MPs from 14 countries, I find support for the argument that PR electoral systems favour the election of younger MPs even after controlling for multiple alternative explanations.

Keywords

Asia, parliaments, political representation, parliamentary representation, proportional representation

Discipline

Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Representation

Volume

49

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

16

ISSN

1749-4001

Identifier

10.1080/00344893.2013.775960

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2013.775960

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