Publication Type: Journal article / chapter
Countries: Bangladesh
Authors: Nizam Ahmed
Funders: DFID ESRC

What are the implications for empowering women parliamentarians? Empirical evidence shows that women who enter parliament via reserved seats often fare better than popularly elected women parliamentarians in performing parliamentary functions. This article, part of the Parliamentary Effectiveness programme, examines the role of reserved-seat (indirectly elected) women parliamentarians in Bangladesh using the notions of descriptive representation and substantive representation developed by Pitkin.

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