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    Exploring gender differences in support for rightist parties: the role of party and gender ideology

    Campbell, Rosie and Erzeel, S. (2018) Exploring gender differences in support for rightist parties: the role of party and gender ideology. Politics and Gender 14 (1), pp. 80-105. ISSN 1743-923X.

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    This contribution to the special issue on conservatism and gender uses expert and election surveys to explore the extent to which the feminist or traditional gender ideology of parties of the right relates to their economic and liberal/authoritarian ideology. We show that, although parties of the left generally espouse more feminist ideologies than parties of the right, there are a significant number of rightist parties in Western Europe that combine laissez-faire economic values with liberal feminist ideals. That said, there is more homogeneity among parties of the populist radical right than rightist parties more generally. We find that despite some variation in their gender ideology, parties of the populist radical right overwhelmingly- with the exception of the PVV in the Netherlands- continue to adopt traditional or anti-feminist gender ideologies. In terms of attracting women voters we find that rightist parties who adopt a feminist gender ideology are able to attract more women voters than other parties of the right. We detect several examples of centre-right parties who include feminist elements in their gender ideologies, and are able to win over larger proportions of women voters than rightist parties who fail to adopt feminist positions.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Voting, gender gap, party ideology, gender ideology, expert survey, Western Europe
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Rosalind Campbell
    Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 15:03
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:37


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