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Women’s lack of representation in the House is not down to discrimination from voters or campaign donors.

Anastasopoulos, L. Jason (2016) Women’s lack of representation in the House is not down to discrimination from voters or campaign donors. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (20 Dec 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The number of women winning seats in US House of Representative elections has increased dramatically in recent years. And yet women currently hold only 19 percent of House seats, a figure which has remained relatively constant since 2002. Some argue that unique barriers to entering politics can explain this lack of female representation while others attribute it to a “gender penalty” imposed on female candidates by voters and campaign donors. In an analysis of primaries for House seats between 1982 and 2012, L. Jason Anastasopoulos finds no evidence that voters and campaign contributors engage in overt gender discrimination against female candidates. He argues that that current low levels of female representation are likely to be better explained by unique barriers to entering politics that women face.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 11:37
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 11:37
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69328

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