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Title: Representation of women in the parliament of the Weimar republic: Evidence from roll call votes
Authors: Debus, M
Hansen, ME
Keywords: Female MPs;Representation;Weimar Germany;Legislative behaviour;Roll call vote analysis
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: In modern democracies, the representation of voter interests and preferences is primarily the job of political parties and their elected officials. These patterns can however change when issues are at stake that concern the interests of social groups represented by all relevant parties of a political system. In this article we focus on the behavior of female MPs in the parliament of Weimar Germany and, thus, in a parliament where legislative party discipline was very high. On the basis of a dataset containing information on the legislative voting behavior of MPs, we show that gender, even when controlling for a battery of further theoretically derived explanatory factors, had a decisive impact on the MPs’ voting behavior on a law proposal to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Description: This is the post-print version of the article which has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to peer review and/or editorial input in Politics and Gender. Copyright @ Cambridge University Press.
ISSN: 1743-923X
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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