Diffusion of Gender Quotas in Latin America and Beyond

Advances and Setbacks in the Last Two Decades

by Adriana Piatti-Crocker (Volume editor)
©2012 Monographs XVI, 263 Pages
Series: Latin America, Volume 19


This book studies the adoption and diffusion of gender quotas in Latin America and beyond. Gender quotas are institutional mechanisms intended to increase the proportion of women rapidly and effectively in key decision-making political posts. Since the 1980s, gender quotas have been implemented in various governmental bodies and, more commonly, in legislatures. Starting in Northern Europe, these policies have expanded to other European countries and later to thirteen Latin American countries. Yet, whereas gender quotas in most European countries – with the exception of Belgium and France – have been adopted voluntarily by some political parties, in Latin America national legislation mandates all parties to include in their lists a quota for women candidates to legislatures.
Although recent scholarship on gender quotas has been devoted to the adoption of gender quotas in a variety of countries, little has been done on Central and South America, despite the fact that the legislative «quota wave» originated there. Diffusion of Gender Quotas in Latin America and Beyond remedies that situation and provides a rich comparative analysis of this policy proliferation in Latin America as well as outside this region by also examining the adoption of legislative quotas in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia.


XVI, 263
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (February)
Gender Quotas Women And Politics Latin American Women Latin American Politics Gender And Politics Regional Diffusion Latin American Political Women International Diffusion
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XVI, 263 pp.

Biographical notes

Adriana Piatti-Crocker (Volume editor)

Adriana Piatti-Crocker is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Springfield and is a comparative politics scholar who focuses on Latin America and gender politics. Piatti-Crocker is currently working on material for a book on the descriptive and substantive effects of gender quotas in Argentina and its provinces. Her previous publications include an article in Cena Internacional (2007), a Pew Case Study (2008), with Daniel Kempton, from the Institute of the Study of Diplomacy, and Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas (2010), coedited with Jason Pierceson and Shawn Schulenberg.


Title: Diffusion of Gender Quotas in Latin America and Beyond