The Effects of Women's Descriptive Representation on Government Behavior

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March 3, 2021

The Effects of Women's Descriptive Representation on Government Behavior

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Rice University http://news.rice.edu/2021/02/22/campaign-promises-more-likely-to-be-kept-by-governments-run-by-women-research-shows/

Abstract

Does the representation of women in cabinet and party leadership positions affect whether governments are more or less likely to fulfill the policy promises they make during election campaigns? This research note studies the effects of women's descriptive representation in cabinet and party leadership on policymaking by analyzing the pledge fulfillment of parties in 10 European countries, the United States, and Canada. The empirical analysis suggests that governing parties are more likely to fulfill their election promises when levels of women's representation are higher. The results have implications for our understanding of the descriptive and substantive representation of women, as well as for party competition and policymaking more broadly.

Click here to read the full article published by the Wiley Online Library on 18 February 2021.

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Author: 
Jonathan Homola, Rice University
Publisher: 
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Publication year: 
2021
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