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Path-breakers? Women’s electoral success and future political participation

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Publication date

14 Mar 2017

Summary

We investigate whether the event of a woman being competitively elected as a state legislator encourages the subsequent political participation of women, using a regression discontinuity design on constituency level data from India. We find that female incumbents are more likely than male incumbents to re-contest and that there is a decline in the entry of new women candidates. This decline is most pronounced in states with entrenched gender bias and in male-headed parties, suggesting an intensification of barriers against women in these areas. Similar results for (mostly male) Muslim candidates indicate the presence of institutionalized demand-side barriers rather than gender-specific preferences and constraints.

Published in

Economic Journal

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12492

ISSN

16

Subjects

Politics and Elections. Electoral Behaviour

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1597352~S5

Notes

Online Early


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