It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office

It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office

by Jennifer L. Lawless
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521857457

ISBN-13: 9780521857451

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Despite our society's evolving attitudes toward women in politics, there remains a large gender gap in political ambition. 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

Overview

Despite our society's evolving attitudes toward women in politics, there remains a large gender gap in political ambition. 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 book explains why, reporting on the first systematic, nationwide study of how gender affects political amibition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521857451
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(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': gender self-perceptions of candidate viability; 7. Taking the plunge: deciding to run for office; 8. Gender and the future of electoral politics.

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