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6152 - Internal Party Structures, Processes and Groups: Are these creating a gender gap in Mexican local politics?

Political representation literature has questioned the meaning of representation, how representation occurs and who is representing whom. Nonetheless, the questions do not only revolve around the action of representation and who is behind this. A central concern is related to who and how access to political office. is determined, who is acting as the gatekeeper of local representation. The main barrier for been elected is first being nominated. For nomination, women have to overcome several obstacles, both formal and informal. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the internal structures, processes and groups that ultimately, determined who is going to represent the party in Mexican local elections. Firstly, it looks into the parties’ formal candidate selection processes, including parties’ structures, nomination bodies and internal rules. Later, it looks into the informal processes and practices, including the needed bond to parties’ groups and factions and the struggles that rise for winning and allocating nominations. The analysis is enriched by the employment of new quantitative data collected during recent fieldwork as well as substantive conclusions obtained from qualitative analysis of the interviews the researcher had with women politicians in Mexico.

Keywords: representation, nomination, parties, institutions

Author: Vidal, Fernanda (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom/Ver Königr)

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