Type
Part or chapter of a book
Title
The Diversity Gap in the Portuguese and Spanish Parliaments: Descriptive Representation Through an Intersectional Perspective
In
The Iberian Legislatures in Comparative Perspective
Author(s)
ESPÍRITO-SANTO Ana - (Author)
MORALES Laura - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
VERGE Tània - (Author)
FERNANDES Jorge - (Publishing director)
LESTON-BANDEIRA Cristina - (Publishing director)
Editor
Basingstoke : Routledge
Edition
1st Edition
Pages
111 - 127 p.
ISBN
9781351065221
Abstract
EN
This chapter constitutes the first attempt at examining the extent to which the diversity represented in Iberian legislatures reflects the existing diversity in the population, a crucial dimension on which to evaluate the quality of democracy. Drawing on original biographical data of MPs, our survey of diversity looks at gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality and ableness, and it pays attention to the intersection of gender with these markers of identity. The results show that, whereas women’s presence has significantly increased in the last decade, the other minority groups remain remarkably underrepresented. Cross-party differences are rather small, except for the tendency for left-wing parties to include more LGBT MPs and younger MPs. Our exploratory analysis also indicates that gender interacts with the markers mentioned above of identity in specific ways. Men MPs outnumber women MPs in all social groups (migrant origin and ethnic minority, LGBT and disability) but the youth.

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