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

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

ISBN-10:
0521857457
ISBN-13:
9780521857451
Pub. Date:
09/28/2005
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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

This important work constitutes a systematic, nationwide empirical account of the effects of gender on political ambition. Based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition Study, a national survey of 3,800 "potential candidates" conducted by the authors, it relates these findings: —Women, even at the highest levels of professional accomplishment, are significantly less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to run for elective office. —Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. —Women are less likely than men to consider themselves "qualified" to run for office. —Women are less likely than men to express a willingness to run for a future office. According to the authors, this gender gap in political ambition persists across generations, despite contemporary society's changing attitudes towards female candidates. While other treatments of gender in the electoral process focus on candidates and office holders, It Takes a Candidate makes a unique contribution to political studies by focusing on the earlier stages of the candidate emergence process and on how gender affects the decision to seek elective office.

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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