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Papers from the AmericasBarometer Small Grants and Data Award Recipients 2011

 Winner of LAPOP 2011 Best Paper Award


 "Gender Quotas and Women's Political Participation in Latin America"
By Leslie Schwindt‐Bayer, University of Missouri

Executive Summary


The Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University is delighted to announce that the winner of our 2011 Best Paper Award is Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, for her paper "Gender Quotas and Women's Political Participation in Latin America." Dr. Schwindt-Bayer is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri. The award committee was impressed by this paper's strong theoretical framework as well as its application of both case study research and sophisticated cross-national analysis of public opinion data. The paper addresses a theoretically important and policy-relevant question: Do quotas for women within the legislature affect citizens', and especially women's, levels of political engagement in the countries in which they are implemented? The paper concludes that while gender quotas have had important impacts by increasing women's representation at the elite level across Latin America, they appear to have had little effect on political participation or interest among the region's female citizens.

LAPOP 2011 Best Paper Award Winner Announcement  (Español) 

Winners of the 2011 LAPOP Small Grants and Data Awards

LAPOP is also delighted to present several other papers written by winners of our 2011 Small Grants and Data Awards.  These papers deal with central topics in the study of democracy and marginalization in the Americas: attitudes towards land reform; the public opinion effects of inequality; decentralization and minority participation; and crime victimization and political culture.  LAPOP gratefully acknowledges the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which made possible the awards that funded these interesting and important studies.