Is Age a Case for Electoral Quotas? A Benchmark for Affirmative Action in Politics

Trantidis, Aris (2016) Is Age a Case for Electoral Quotas? A Benchmark for Affirmative Action in Politics. Representation, 52 (2-3). pp. 149-161. ISSN 0034-4893

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Is age a suitable case for electoral quotas on the same grounds invoked for women in politics? If affirmative action should not be arbitrarily applied to a few social groups, we must specify the conditions that could serve as a benchmark which a group must pass in order to qualify for its application. Drawing from the literature on women in politics, this article sets up empirical indicators to examine the political under-representation of younger and older age groups: whether the age-related pattern of political under-representation is linked to stereotypes and bias that negatively affect its engagement in politics, and whether these age groups face special issues that give them a unique perspective, which only those who directly experience them can fully advocate in decision-making fora. Affirmative action raises questions about the boundaries of identity, the limits of politics as a vehicle for social change and the meaning of electoral choice.

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Keywords:Affirmative action, Electoral quotas, Old age and politics, Dependent representation, Under-representation, Age and discrimination, Politics of presence, Substantive representation, Young voters and representation, Ageism in politics, Discrimination and bias, Quotas, Youth participation in politics, Women in politics, Feminist Theory, Political representation
Subjects:L Social studies > L216 Feminism
L Social studies > L371 Social Hierarchy
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L290 Politics not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:18 Oct 2018 12:36

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