Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

David Andrews

Reader 2

Thomas Kim

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This research is an examination of the impact of gender quotas in EU legislative bodies, analyzing data regarding the increase of women in national governments since quota implementation. This paper analyzes and compares the results of four case studies: France, Spain, Romania and Slovenia. The data is analyzed relative to their respective histories, cultures and political systems. The sources used for obtaining numerical data are government/EU documents, other academic work, and newspaper articles that have been published on the subject. Due to the limited scope of the research, the purpose is not to draw any definite, far-reaching conclusions about gender quotas in European Union legislatures. Rather, it is a demonstration of the knowledge acquired in conducting the research and how it may be pertinent to further research.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.