By Jennifer L. Lawless, Richard L. Fox
This significant paintings constitutes a scientific, national empirical account of the consequences of gender on political ambition. in response to info from the Citizen Political Ambition examine, a countrywide survey of 3,800 "potential candidates" performed by way of the authors, it relates those findings: --Women, even on the maximum degrees accomplishment, are considerably much less most likely than males to illustrate ambition to run for optionally available place of work. --Women are much less most probably than males to be recruited to run for place of work. --Women are much less most likely than males to think about themselves "qualified" to run for place of work. --Women are much less most probably than males to specific a willingness to run for a destiny place of work. in line with the authors, this gender hole in political ambition persists throughout generations, regardless of modern society's altering attitudes in the direction of woman applicants. whereas different remedies of gender within the electoral procedure specialise in applicants and workplace holders, It Takes a Candidate makes a distinct contribution to political reports by means of targeting the sooner levels of the candidate emergence strategy and on how gender impacts the choice to hunt optional office.
"It Takes a Candidate bargains new facts and perception on valuable problems with political illustration and democratic politics. Lawless and Fox have completed a massive examine of the foundation factors of why ladies are underrepresented between American officeholders. by way of investigating political ambition between members in feeder occupations, they boost our realizing with new idea and proof. The e-book, additionally, is written in a completely attractive and obtainable demeanour and should attract somebody eager about styles severe to the operation of yank democracy." Walter J. Stone, collage of California, Davis
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Demographic and Political Profile of the Candidate Eligibility Pool P1: IBE 0521857457c02 10:52 P1: IBE 0521857457c02 CB963B/Lawless 0 521 85745 7 September 16, 2005 Explaining Women’s Emergence in the Political Arena 10:52 35 in the future. And our approach is particularly suited to the question of the initial decision to run. The small group of scholars who examine eligible candidates’ political ambition tend to employ the “reputational approach” (Stone and Maisel 2003; Kazee 1994). They compile a pool of eligible candidates by seeking out current officeholders and “political informants,” many of whom are party leaders, convention delegates, county chairs, elected officials, and political and community activists.
The small group of scholars who examine eligible candidates’ political ambition tend to employ the “reputational approach” (Stone and Maisel 2003; Kazee 1994). They compile a pool of eligible candidates by seeking out current officeholders and “political informants,” many of whom are party leaders, convention delegates, county chairs, elected officials, and political and community activists. Researchers ask the informants to name prospective, viable candidates, typically for election to the House of Representatives.
It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office by Jennifer L. Lawless, Richard L. Fox