Item Details

When Does Gender Matter?: Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections

Kathleen Dolan
Format
Book
Published
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9780199968282, 0199968284, 9780199968275, 0199968276
Summary
"As the number of women candidates for office in the U.S. increases each election cycle, scholars are confronted with questions about the impact of their sex on their chances of success. Chief among these questions involves the influence of gender stereotypes on the decisions voters make in elections in which women run against men. Previous research documents that voters see women and men as possessing different character traits and different abilities to handle policy issues. These findings, combined with anecdotal evidence of sexist attitudes toward women candidates, raises concerns that women candidates are hampered by their sex and gender considerations. Employing data from an original survey of 3150 U.S. adults conducted in 2010, this book confronts scholarly concerns that gender stereotypes work to undermine women's chances of success. Challenging the conventional wisdom, these data demonstrate that voters do not rely heavily on gender stereotypes when evaluating and voting for women candidates. Voters do hold gendered attitudes, both positive and negative, about women candidates, but these attitudes are not related to the political decisions voters make. Instead, in deciding for whom to vote, people are influenced by traditional political forces, like political party and incumbency, regardless of the sex of the candidates. There is also evidence that partisan stereotypes interact with gender stereotypes to influence reactions to candidates, both women and men, depending on their political party. In the end, this project demonstrates that women candidates win as often as do men and that partisan concerns trump gender every time"--
Contents
  • Chapter 1. Candidate Sex and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections
  • Chapter 2. Studying Gender Stereotypes and Women Candidates
  • Chapter 3. Attitudes, Stereotypes, and Support for Women Candidates
  • Chapter 4. Do Stereotypes Shape Evaluations of Candidates?
  • Chapter 5. The Role of Stereotypes in Vote Choice Decisions
  • Chapter 6. Gender Stereotypes in Other Places? Candidate Quality and Issue Campaigns
  • Chapter 7. The Landscape for Women Candidates
  • Appendix A. Candidate Lists
  • Appendix B. Variable Construction
  • Appendix C. Campaign Ads and Websites
  • Appendix D. Survey Instrument
  • Appendix E. Additional Vote Choice Analysis.
Description
xiv, 245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237) and index.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

  • LEADER 04294cam a2200601 i 4500
    001 u6427177
    003 SIRSI
    005 20141030155323.0
    008 140709t20142014enka b 001 0 eng
    010
      
      
    a| 2014007262
    020
      
      
    a| 9780199968282 q| (paperback)
    020
      
      
    a| 0199968284 q| (paperback)
    020
      
      
    a| 9780199968275 q| (hardcover)
    020
      
      
    a| 0199968276 q| (hardcover)
    035
      
      
    a| (Sirsi) o881030680
    035
      
      
    a| (OCoLC)881030680
    042
      
      
    a| pcc
    043
      
      
    a| n-us---
    040
      
      
    a| DLC b| eng e| rda c| DLC d| BTCTA d| BDX d| OCLCO d| YDXCP d| CDX
    050
    0
    0
    a| HQ1236.5.U6 b| D643 2014
    082
    0
    0
    a| 320.0820973 2| 23
    084
      
      
    a| POL029000 a| PSY031000 2| bisacsh
    100
    1
      
    a| Dolan, Kathleen A., e| author.
    245
    1
    0
    a| When does gender matter? : b| women candidates and gender stereotypes in American elections / c| Kathleen Dolan.
    264
      
    1
    a| Oxford ; a| New York : b| Oxford University Press, c| [2014]
    264
      
    4
    c| ©2014
    300
      
      
    a| xiv, 245 pages : b| illustrations ; c| 25 cm
    336
      
      
    a| text 2| rdacontent
    337
      
      
    a| unmediated 2| rdamedia
    338
      
      
    a| volume 2| rdacarrier
    504
      
      
    a| Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237) and index.
    505
    0
      
    a| Chapter 1. Candidate Sex and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections -- Chapter 2. Studying Gender Stereotypes and Women Candidates -- Chapter 3. Attitudes, Stereotypes, and Support for Women Candidates -- Chapter 4. Do Stereotypes Shape Evaluations of Candidates? -- Chapter 5. The Role of Stereotypes in Vote Choice Decisions -- Chapter 6. Gender Stereotypes in Other Places? Candidate Quality and Issue Campaigns -- Chapter 7. The Landscape for Women Candidates -- Appendix A. Candidate Lists -- Appendix B. Variable Construction -- Appendix C. Campaign Ads and Websites -- Appendix D. Survey Instrument -- Appendix E. Additional Vote Choice Analysis.
    520
      
      
    a| "As the number of women candidates for office in the U.S. increases each election cycle, scholars are confronted with questions about the impact of their sex on their chances of success. Chief among these questions involves the influence of gender stereotypes on the decisions voters make in elections in which women run against men. Previous research documents that voters see women and men as possessing different character traits and different abilities to handle policy issues. These findings, combined with anecdotal evidence of sexist attitudes toward women candidates, raises concerns that women candidates are hampered by their sex and gender considerations. Employing data from an original survey of 3150 U.S. adults conducted in 2010, this book confronts scholarly concerns that gender stereotypes work to undermine women's chances of success. Challenging the conventional wisdom, these data demonstrate that voters do not rely heavily on gender stereotypes when evaluating and voting for women candidates. Voters do hold gendered attitudes, both positive and negative, about women candidates, but these attitudes are not related to the political decisions voters make. Instead, in deciding for whom to vote, people are influenced by traditional political forces, like political party and incumbency, regardless of the sex of the candidates. There is also evidence that partisan stereotypes interact with gender stereotypes to influence reactions to candidates, both women and men, depending on their political party. In the end, this project demonstrates that women candidates win as often as do men and that partisan concerns trump gender every time"-- c| Provided by publisher.
    650
      
    0
    a| Women in public life z| United States.
    650
      
    0
    a| Women political candidates z| United States.
    650
      
    0
    a| Women politicians z| United States.
    650
      
    0
    a| Women x| Political activity z| United States.
    650
      
    0
    a| Sex role x| Political aspects z| United States.
    650
      
    0
    a| Elections z| United States.
    651
      
    0
    a| United States x| Politics and government.
    596
      
      
    a| 2
    999
      
      
    a| HQ1236.5 .U6 D643 2014 w| LC i| X031653597 l| STACKS m| ALDERMAN t| BOOK

Availability

Google Preview

Library Location Map Availability Call Number
Alderman Stacks Map Available