Women and Local Government Elections in Turkey: Analysis of Supply and Demand-Side Framework

Abdulai A., Ceter A., Nyadera I. N.

Journal of International Women's Studies, vol.22, no.7, pp.92-106, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Title of Journal : Journal of International Women's Studies
  • Page Numbers: pp.92-106
  • Keywords: local governments, participation of women, politics, Representation of women, Turkey


© 2021. Journal of International Women’s Studies.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.