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Evidence from Belgium shows that gender quotas do not necessarily eliminate voter bias against women candidates

Erzeel, Silvia and Caluwaerts, Didier (2015) Evidence from Belgium shows that gender quotas do not necessarily eliminate voter bias against women candidates. Democratic Audit UK (01 Sep 2015). Website.

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Abstract

To what extent do electoral gender quotas change voters’ preference for male or female political candidates? Silvia Erzeel and Didier Caluwaerts examine the electoral evidence from Belgium, a country that has progressively adopted gender quota laws since the mid-1990s. They show that although the largest group of Belgian voters now vote for both male and female candidates there is still a voter bias in favour of male candidates. In particular they find that men and voters low in political sophistication still have a higher propensity to vote for men only.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 10:18
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2020 00:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/81025

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