Brulé publishes research exploring the impact of quotas on promoting social change

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Rachel Bruleassistant professor of global development policy at Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, published a working paper for the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) of the Global Development Policy Center (GDP Center) exploring the impact of quotas on dismantling social hierarchy.

Brulé is co-author of the working paper titled “Do quotas in two dimensions improve social equality? Intersocial Representation and Group Relations,” with Aliz Tóth, PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. In their room, the two investigate the counterproductive consequences quotas can have and whether two-dimensional quotas improve support for intergroup relations compared to one-dimensional mandates. Using India as a case study, they analyze the causal effect of the world’s largest quota system for women, disadvantaged ethnicities, and women from disadvantaged ethnicities. The main implication of Brulé and Tóth’s findings is to make the case for policies that place multiple marginalized groups at the centre, taking advantage of the fact that those who bear the brunt of interwoven forms of oppression have the greatest ability to catalyze a social transformation that benefits everyone.

The full document can be read on the Global Development Policy Center (GDP Center) website.

Rachel Brule is Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Senior Professor of the Human Capital Initiative at the Global Development Policy Center. Her research interests include comparative politics, international development, political economy, and gender, with a geographic focus on South Asia. Learn more about Professor Brulé on her faculty profile.

Brulé publishes research exploring the impact of quotas on promoting social change

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