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Voter reactions to trajectories of women`s representations


Breyer, Magdalena (2023). Voter reactions to trajectories of women`s representations. URPP Equality of Opportunity Discussion Paper Series 14, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Existing research on the effects of women’s descriptive representation on citizens’ attitudes has mainly investigated potential positive effects, namely on the political engagement of women themselves or the perceived legitimacy of outcomes. However, long-term shifts in representation have rarely been theorized as potential causes of resentment. It is crucial to consider discontent, as perceptions of relative decline among men and unfulfilled expectations of reaching equality among women have been shown to be powerful sources of resentment in other contexts. This article brings together research on women’s representation with a focus on discontent, social status and backlash. It asks about the consequences of perceived shifts in the gender composition of parliament for political behavior, including voting propensities. Using a survey experiment fielded in Germany, the results show that men do not lash back against women’s representation, even if they realize that this means a slightly lower standing for themselves.

Abstract

Existing research on the effects of women’s descriptive representation on citizens’ attitudes has mainly investigated potential positive effects, namely on the political engagement of women themselves or the perceived legitimacy of outcomes. However, long-term shifts in representation have rarely been theorized as potential causes of resentment. It is crucial to consider discontent, as perceptions of relative decline among men and unfulfilled expectations of reaching equality among women have been shown to be powerful sources of resentment in other contexts. This article brings together research on women’s representation with a focus on discontent, social status and backlash. It asks about the consequences of perceived shifts in the gender composition of parliament for political behavior, including voting propensities. Using a survey experiment fielded in Germany, the results show that men do not lash back against women’s representation, even if they realize that this means a slightly lower standing for themselves.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Working Paper Series > URPP Equality of Opportunity Discussion Paper Series
08 Research Priority Programs > Equality of Opportunity
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:February 2023
Deposited On:05 Jan 2024 13:56
Last Modified:06 Mar 2024 14:40
Series Name:URPP Equality of Opportunity Discussion Paper Series
Number of Pages:59
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://www.urpp-equality.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:31bf27d2-d402-412f-b6d0-51e564c84dfc/14_Breyer_genderpaper_feb2023.pdf
Related URLs:https://www.urpp-equality.uzh.ch/en/Discussion-Paper-Series.html
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:24220
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English