Gendered policy preferences? Candidates’ views on political issues in a comparative perspective

Lloren, Anouk ; Rosset, Jan

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Comparative European Politics : CEP
Volume: 15
Issue number: 6
Page range: 944-968
Place of publication: Basingstoke
Publishing house: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1472-4790 , 1740-388X
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This article examines whether gender affects candidates’ position on the economic and cultural dimensions of political competition in nine West European countries. Using data from the Comparative Candidate Survey, we find that female candidates hold, on average, more liberal views than their male party colleagues. These gender differences vary according to the nature of issues. Female candidates are more liberal than their party colleagues on the cultural dimension, but we find no systematic differences in policy preferences on economic issues. Moreover, gender differences vary according to parties’ ideological position on the left–right scale with a more pronounced gender gap in right-wing parties. Our findings contribute to the literature on female candidates and on the impact of women in politics more broadly.

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