Left behind? : gender gaps in political engagement over the life course in twenty-seven European countries
Title: Left behind? : gender gaps in political engagement over the life course in twenty-seven European countries
Citation: Social politics, 2018, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 254-286
ISSN: 1072-4745; 1468-2893
This article investigates gender differences in political involvement in twenty-seven countries across four life course stages: home-leaving, partnership formation, parenthood, and empty nest. Single country studies show that these life events can hamper women's political engagement, but whether this finding holds cross-nationally remains unclear. Using European Social Survey data, we show that across countries family intensive life course stages have a stronger negative effect on women's involvement than men's, but more on political interest, party identification and activity, than voting or demonstrating. Further, women's macro-level political representation only partially accounts for cross-national differences in life cycle effects on political involvement.
Subject: Civic engagement; Voter turnout; Time use; Participation; Adulthood; Transition; Cycle; Perspective; Marriage; Women
Published: 12 February 2018
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