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Bias at the Ballot Box? Testing Whether Candidates' Gender Affects Their Vote

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  • Amy King
  • Andrew Leigh

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This study examines whether women's electoral fortunes in Australia have improved in line with changing social norms over the past century. We use new strategies to explore whether female candidates face discrimination by the voting public, or by political parties' preselection systems. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Amy King & Andrew Leigh, 2010. "Bias at the Ballot Box? Testing Whether Candidates' Gender Affects Their Vote," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(2), pages 324-343.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:2:p:324-343
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    1. Andrew Leigh, 2005. "Economic Voting And Electoral Behavior: How Do Individual, Local, And National Factors Affect The Partisan Choice?," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17, pages 265-296, July.
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    4. Amy King & Andrew Leigh, 2009. "Are Ballot Order Effects Heterogeneous?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 90(1), pages 71-87.
    5. Kelley, Jonathan & McAllister, Ian, 1983. "The Electoral Consequences of Gender in Australia," British Journal of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(03), pages 365-377, July.
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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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