Institutional and attitudinal determinants of women's legislative recruitment : the case of the Republican People's Party in Turkey

Adıgüzel, Özge
This thesis analyses the process of women̕s legislative recruitment in Turkey by focusing on the interaction among the certain features of the Turkish political system including the attitudes of the party elite toward the enhancement of women̕s political representation. It has been demonstrated in earlier studies that one of the reasons behind women̕s low level of parliamentary representation in Turkey is the fact that the selectors in the political parties fail to support women candidates adequately in the elections. Related to that, women̕s legislative recruitment is also likely to be impeded by the unsupportive nature of the main dynamics of political system such as political culture, party system and the v electoral system. Considering the fact that these institutional and attitudinal factors are highly inter-related with each other, the insufficient number of women candidates nominated by the major social democratic party, the Republican People̕s Party in the 1990s, including the latest national elections on November 3rd, 2002 calls for an analysis of not only the attitudes of the RPP selectors toward positive discrimination mechanisms such as the quotas for women but also of the relevant party institutional factors rooted in the Turkish political system. The study contends that the RPP̕s women-friendly party culture and selectors̕ positive perspectives towards women̕s political integration are not sufficient factors for the promotion of women̕s legislative recruitment within the party. The weakness of the intra-party democracy in the RPP which is particularly the result of the oligarchic structure and the problems with institutionalization significantly impede women̕s legislative recruitment within the party. The study has found that the low level of women̕s legislative recruitment in the RPP is a consequence of the interaction between the institutional and


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Ö. Adıgüzel, “Institutional and attitudinal determinants of women’s legislative recruitment : the case of the Republican People’s Party in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.