This paper revisits a previous study of the effects of political, socioeconomic and cultural influences upon the percentage of women in sub-Saharan African parliaments using a newer measure of ethnic diversity. Unlike my previous study that utilized Easterly and Levine’s ethnolinguistic fractionalization (ELF) measure of ethnic diversity, this study includes Daniel Posner’s PREG (Politically Relevant Ethnic Groups) variable as a cultural measure to determine its influence on the percentage of women in national parliaments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The findings indicate that while the PREG variable is not rendered statistically significant when explaining the percent of women in the lower chambers of the Sub-Saharan African parliaments; unlike ELF, PREG is positively correlated with the increased percentage of women in parliament.
|Keywords:||Measuring Cultural Attitudes toward Women in African Politics; Measuring Ethnic Diversity; African Ethnic Diversity|
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, PA, USA
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