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Abstract

How do women perform in Turkish local government elections? Existing studies have delved on the subject of participation and representation of women in political activities and the main concern has been to assess the factors responsible for the underrepresentation of women in politics. However, previous studies have largely focused on the representation of women in national legislative assemblies seemingly to assert that political representation of women is confined to national politics and their representation in local governments is largely overlooked. This paper seeks to fill the lacuna in the literature by focusing on participation and representation of women in local government in Turkey. By using the supply and demand-side framework, we seek to understand factors that have contributed to the low representation of women in local governments in Turkey.

Note on the Author

Abdul -Malik Abdulai is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration, Gazi University, Ankara Turkey. His research interests include Human Development, Public Management, Intergovernmental Relations and Urban Policy and Planning. His current project focuses on constitutional reforms and their impact on women participation in politics; his research interests relate to Africa and the Middle East. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1785-3758

Ayten Ceter is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, Social Science University of Ankara, Ankara Turkey. Her research interests include Women and Politics, Feminism and International Relations, Development Studies and Public Management; her focus is specific to Europe, Middle East, and Asia. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0060-7454

Israel Nyaburi Nyadera is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara Turkey. His research interests include Human Security, Public Administration, Governance and Identity Politics. Email: inyadera@gmail.com ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0432-6935 *Corresponding author

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