The origins of gender-targeted public finance measures: the case of New Brunswick, Canada

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  • 1 University of New Brunswick – Saint John, , Canada
  • | 2 University of Toronto, , Canada
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In recent years, there has been growing interest in policies that offer financial incentives to political parties to nominate women. Under what circumstances do political parties agree to adopt financial incentives for women’s representation? In this article, we conduct a feminist historical institutionalist case study of the adoption of gender-targeted public finance in the Canadian province of New Brunswick in 2017. We draw on a combination of: direct personal experience advocating for financial incentives for women candidates; interviews with party insiders, policymakers and actors within feminist organisations; and documentary evidence. The results have implications for understanding the potential for success of efforts to adopt financial incentives in other jurisdictions.

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  • 1 University of New Brunswick – Saint John, , Canada
  • | 2 University of Toronto, , Canada

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