Parity/Disparity: Electoral Gender Inequality on the Tightrope of Liberal Constitutional Traditions

71 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006  

Darren Rosenblum

Pace Law School

Abstract

This piece examines Parity, France's requirement that political parties name women as half of all candidates for public office, both from a comparative and from a constitutional perspective. It engages the theoretical challenges of such quotas, both in terms of the essentialist/antiessentialist debates within feminist theory and in terms of the relationship of such group remedies to liberal constitutional law in France and the United States. The paper concludes that fluid provisions to remedy the gendered nature of political power would be consistent with current United States jurisprudence.

Keywords: gender, women, quotas, France

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Rosenblum, Darren, Parity/Disparity: Electoral Gender Inequality on the Tightrope of Liberal Constitutional Traditions. UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 1119, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=881578

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