The gender gap in same-gender voting : the role of context
Electoral studies, 2014, Vol. 35, pp. 303-314
GIGER, Nathalie, HOLLI, Anne-Marie, LEFKOFRIDI, Zoe, WASS, Hanna, The gender gap in same-gender voting : the role of context, Electoral studies, 2014, Vol. 35, pp. 303-314 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/33965
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If parties nominate both male and female candidates, open-list PR electoral rules enable voters to engage in same-gender voting (i.e. select candidate of the same gender). In this regard, there is a gender gap in Finland, an otherwise highly egalitarian country: over time, men tend to support mostly male candidates, while women are roughly equally divided between male and female candidates. This study investigates whether voters' likelihood of selecting a candidate of the same gender is affected by contextual factors. Based on pooled cross-sectional data from five Finnish parliamentary elections between 1979 and 2011, it shows that gender differences in same-gender voting are substantially reduced when district magnitude and gender ratios among candidates and elected deputies are taken into account.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/33965
Full-text via DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2014.02.009
ISSN: 0261-3794; 1873-6890
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