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Path-Breakers? Women's Electoral Success and Future Political Participation

Bhalotra, S and Clots-Figueras, I and Iyer, L (2016) Path-Breakers? Women's Electoral Success and Future Political Participation. Working Paper. Harvard Business School Working Paper, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

We investigate whether the event of a woman being competitively elected as a state legislator encourages the subsequent political participation of women, using a regression discontinuity design on constituency level data from India. We find that female incumbents are more likely than male incumbents to re-contest and that there is a decline in the entry of new women candidates. This decline is most pronounced in states with entrenched gender bias and in male-headed parties, suggesting an intensification of barriers against women in these areas. Similar results for (mostly male) Muslim candidates indicate the presence of institutionalized demand-side barriers rather than gender-specific preferences and constraints.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Sonia Bhalotra
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2016 13:39
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17554

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