It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office / Edition 2

It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office / Edition 2

by Jennifer L. Lawless
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521762529

ISBN-13: 9780521762526

Pub. Date: 06/21/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

It Still Takes A Candidate serves as the only systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition. Based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition Panel Study, a national survey conducted of almost 3,800 “potential candidates” in 2001 and a second survey of more than 2,000 of these same individuals in 2008,…  See more details below

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It Still Takes A Candidate serves as the only systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition. Based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition Panel Study, a national survey conducted of almost 3,800 “potential candidates” in 2001 and a second survey of more than 2,000 of these same individuals in 2008, Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox find that women, even in the highest tiers of professional accomplishment, are substantially less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to seek elective office. Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. They are less likely than men to think they are qualified to run for office. And they are less likely than men to express a willingness to run for office in the future. This gender gap in political ambition persists across generations and over time. Despite cultural evolution and society’s changing attitudes toward women in politics, running for public office remains a much less attractive and feasible endeavor for women than men.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521762526
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/21/2010
Edition description:
Expanded edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Electoral politics: still a man's world?; 2. Explaining women's emergence in the political arena; 3. The gender gap in political ambition; 4. Barefoot, pregnant, and holding a law degree: family dynamics and running for office; 5. Gender, party, and political recruitment; 6. 'I'm just not qualified': gendered self-perceptions of candidate viability; 7. Taking the plunge: deciding to run for office; 8. Gender and the future of electoral politics; Appendix A. The Citizen Political Ambition Panel Study sample design and data collection; Appendix B. The first wave survey (2001); Appendix C. The second wave survey (2008); Appendix D. The interview questionnaire; Appendix E. Variable coding.

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