Female politicians help to diffuse polarization, hostility and distrust, study shows

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Female politicians help to diffuse polarization, hostility and distrust, study shows

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Eureka Alert

Nominating and electing more female politicians can help to diffuse polarisation and reduce levels of hostility and distrust across party lines, a study shows.

Political parties that elect a greater number of women representatives are viewed more favourably by voters who support opposing parties.

Political polarisation, or animosity towards opposing political parties, takes many forms.

There is growing concern about the link between political polarisation and increases in hostility and distrust across party lines in countries around the world.

Researchers used data on women’s presence in 125 political parties over 20 Western democracies from 1996 to 2017, combined with survey data on how people rated opposing political parties,

Click here to read the full article published by Eureka Alert on 18 January 2023.

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