Women’s Empowerment at the Local Level

  • Aksel Sundström
  • Lena Wängnerud
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


Research on women’s numerical representation has foremost focused on national legislatures. Despite the importance of local councils, the presence of female politicians at the local level has seldom been studied in a comparative perspective. A reason for this research gap is the lack of reliable figures that map women’s presence in local assemblies within and across countries. This chapter presents a novel dataset on the share of female local councilors for 441 regions across 38 European countries, including Turkey. We present the variation found in this data, note certain empirical trends, and describe some of the outputs stemming from this project. The chapter ends by discussing how such a data collection venture can be expanded and outlines areas of study for a future research agenda.


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  • Aksel Sundström
    • 1
  • Lena Wängnerud
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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