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Path-Breakers: How Does Women's Political Participation Respond to Electoral Success?

Bhalotra, Sonia R and Clots-Figueras, Irma and Iyer, Lakshmi Path-Breakers: How Does Women's Political Participation Respond to Electoral Success? UNSPECIFIED. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the effect of a woman's electoral victory on women's subsequent political participation. Using the regression discontinuity afforded by close elections between women and men in India's state elections, we find that a woman winning office leads to a large and significant increase in the share of female candidates from major political parties in the subsequent election. This stems mainly from an increased probability that previous women candidates contest again, an important margin in India where a substantial number of incumbents do not contest re-election. There is no significant entry of new female candidates, no change in female or male voter turnout and no spillover effects to neighboring areas. Further analysis points to a reduction in party bias against women candidates as the main mechanism driving the observed increase in women's candidacy.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: J16, J71, P16, gender, India, candidacy, politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Users 161 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 15:16
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9008

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