AN ASSESSMENT OF WHETHER GENDER AFFECTS MINISTERIAL RECRUITMENT

James Redmond, University of Limerick

This paper has assessed whether an individual’s gender affects the ministerial recruitment process in Ireland and the United Kingdom. This paper has examined the institutional framework for ministerial recruitment in both nations and compared the formal rules and
informal rules for ministerial recruitment in Ireland and the United Kingdom. This paper has suggested that in the absence of many formal rules, ministerial recruitment in both nations is governed by informal rules. It has been highlighted that women are underrepresented in both nations, with both the UK and Ireland are equal to and worse than the EU average for female cabinet ministers. This author suggests in order to achieve reform and greater gender parity in cabinet, the Irish legislature could amend the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012 by increasing the quota from 30% to 40-50%; whilst the introduction of gender quota legislation in the UK could further increase female cabinet representation.

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