Gender and Politics in Northeast Asia

―Female Legislators in Korea and Taiwan―


Jaemin Shim

(German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg)

Date/Time February 7, 2019 6:00 PM
Location Room 549 5th floor, Akamon Sogo Kenkyuto Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo  [map]
Abstract Drawing insights from the literature on the effect of gender on legislators’ priorities and preferences, this project examines whether and how the increased number of female legislators (descriptive representation) in Korea and Taiwan over the past two decades has led female legislators to act on behalf of female electorates (substantive representation). Based on bill sponsorship, co-sponsorship, and newspaper data, the project examines i) the effect of three political factors—seat share, political institutions, and legislator characteristics—on substantial representation of women, ii) how the quality of female representatives’ legislative networks affect legislative and electoral success, and iii) how mainstream media in each country have portrayed gender-promoting activities by female legislators.
Bio Jaemin Shim is a Thyssen post-doctoral research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg. He received a PhD in politics at the University of Oxford. His primary research interests lie in comparative welfare states, political institutions, and legislative politics. He is the organizer of a cross-regional project “Convergence versus Divergence of Mass-Elite Political Cleavages: Conceptual, Methodological, and Theoretical Innovations” . His wider work covers gender and politics, presidentialism, and democratic representation.