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
Title of host publicationSell-Outs or Warriers for Change?
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Look at Conservative Women in Politics in Democracies
EditorsMalliga Och, Shauna Shames, Rosalyn Cooperman
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter1
Pages7-35
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781003323228
ISBN (Print)9781032346571
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2022

Keywords

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

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