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Gender Equal Legislatures: Evaluating the Proposed Nunavut Electoral System


  • Lisa Young


The article outlines and evaluates a proposal for mandated gender parity in the legislature of the new territory of Nunavut. It concludes that the proposal is consistent with democratic rights and enhances desirable relationships of representation and accountability between elector and legislator. As such, the Nunavut proposal represents an innovative reform that adapts Canadian political traditions to accommodate contemporary social cleavages. Although the results of a 1997 referendum in Nunavut preclude the implementation of the proposal in the new territory, the proposal remains a relevant contribution to policy discussions concerning the underrepresentation of women in elected office.

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  • Lisa Young, 1997. "Gender Equal Legislatures: Evaluating the Proposed Nunavut Electoral System," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 23(3), pages 306-315, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:23:y:1997:i:3:p:306-315

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