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Women are more responsive to female senators’ records, which may increase accountability

Jones, Philip Edward (2014) Women are more responsive to female senators’ records, which may increase accountability. LSE American Politics and Policy (06 Mar 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Descriptive representation (being represented by someone who shares your demographic characteristics) and substantive representation (being represented by someone who shares your policy preferences) are both important components of the legislator-constituent relationship. Some have suggested that descriptive representation breeds blind loyalty to politicians, which can weaken accountability for their actions. Philip Edward Jones evaluates the effects of descriptive representation of gender on female voters. He finds that while women are not more likely approve of a politician because of her gender, they are more knowledgeable about and responsive to female senators’ records and adjust their assessments accordingly.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 15:28
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58814

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