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    Representing women voters: the role of the Gender Gap and the response of political parties

    Campbell, Rosie (2016) Representing women voters: the role of the Gender Gap and the response of political parties. Party Politics 22 (5), pp. 587-597. ISSN 1354-0688.

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    Abstract

    Whilst analysis of the relationship between the descriptive and substantive representation of women has mainly focused on women politicians as critical actors in many contexts political parties provide the linkage between voters’ preferences and policy programmes. The manner in which political parties respond to women voters is shaped by both the information they receive about women voters’ preferences, from the news media, pollsters and other sources, and by gendered party type. Analysis of parties’ attempts to target women voters can help us understand whether parties perceive women as typical or average voters. I conduct two cases studies on the influence of gendered newsframes on party policy and inter-party competition in the United States and Great Britain to formulate a preliminary analytic framework designed to facilitate research to assess how parties’ responses to portrayals of women voters vary according to institutional and contextual factors across time and space.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): gender gap, newsframes, voting behaviour
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centre: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), British Politics and Public Life, Centre for the Study of
    Depositing User: Rosie Campbell
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 11:58
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 09:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13792

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