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    Högström, John
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Political Competition in Sweden 1976-2014: A Comparative Analysis at the Local Level2017In: Comparative Sociology, ISSN 1569-1322, E-ISSN 1569-1330, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 499-522Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The main purpose of this study is to examine political competition on the local level inSweden and to empirically test two theories of political competition, namely whetherthe size of the unit affects the variation in political competition and whether socioeconomicstandards affect the variation in political competition. The findings supportthe suggested causal mechanism between socioeconomic standards and competition.Accordingly, units with higher socioeconomic standards have a higher level of politicalcompetition. Some empirical findings also support the suggested causal mechanismbetween the size of the units and the political competition. The findings show thatpopulation size is a robust determinant of competition and that a larger populationsize affects competition positively. The findings show also that area size is a relativelyrobust determinant of competition and that area size has a negative effect on competition.However the negative effect is contrary to the expectations.

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    Högström, John
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    The Effect of Gender Quotas in the First Decade of the Twenty-first Century: A Global Comparison2016In: Comparative Sociology, ISSN 1569-1322, E-ISSN 1569-1330, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 179-205Article in journal (Refereed)
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    The goal of this study is to examine to what extent gender quotas have contributedto recent increases in women’s representation in parliaments. The results show thatthe effect of quotas on women’s representation in parliaments increased over timeduring the first decade of the twenty-first century, and that in the mid and late partsof the decade quotas are an important determinant of women’s representation in parliaments.However, the results from this study demonstrate that several countries thatuse gender quotas still have low levels of female representation in parliaments, whichindicates that the designs of the quotas are important.

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