Where do female conservatives stand? A cross-national analysis of the issue positions and ideological placement of female right-wing candidates.

Roosmarijn de Geus, Rosalind Shorrocks

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Abstract

Many right-wing parties have attempted to increase their share of female representatives to appeal to women in the electorate. Underlying this is the assumption that women will offer a distinct perspective to the party. Using a comparative dataset of male and female candidates of Conservative and Christian Democratic parties across 21 European and Anglo-Saxon countries we show this is the case. Female candidates in right-wing parties are less right-wing than male candidates, both in terms of their overall ideology and their issue positioning. Perhaps as a consequence, female candidates perceive a greater distance to their own party than male candidates.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Women, Politics & Policy: a quarterly journal of research & policy studies
Early online date22 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • gender
  • conservative politics
  • female candidates
  • political parties
  • ideology
  • issue positions

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