'What did the winning candidate have that I don't have?': gender, politics and elections in Solomon Islands

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    Abstract

    Women's political under-representation is a concern for both emerging and established democracies. In Solomon Islands, only four women were elected to Parliament in the 40 years from independence in 1978 to 2018. This article analyses the barriers to success for female candidates in Solomon Islands elections, focusing on the impact of informal institutions related to kinship, clientelism and leadership. It argues that in a context such as Solomon Islands, an emerging democracy with a weakly institutionalised party system, informal institutions play a highly influential, and highly gendered, role.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)427-445
    JournalCommonwealth and Comparative Politics
    Volume56
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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