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Leveling the Playing Field: Understanding Gender Disparity in Gubernatorial Elections and Policies to Combat It

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dc.contributor.advisor Ball, Richard J.
dc.contributor.author Brooks, Giff
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-05T20:37:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-05T20:37:54Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8171
dc.description.abstract Women have traditionally been underrepresented as governors across the U.S., although their vote shares have been increasing on average since the early 1990s. This paper shows that efforts to increase female electoral performance and participation through public campaign finance laws may be misguided. On the other hand, increasing the frequency of open elections via term limits has the potential to raise female vote shares and boost female enrollment in primaries. Compared to head-to-head elections against incumbent men, females perform at least 8.3 percentage points better when facing non-incumbent men. This result supports claims made about open elections in previous research.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Economics
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Political activity -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Women governors -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Elections -- Sex differences -- United States
dc.title Leveling the Playing Field: Understanding Gender Disparity in Gubernatorial Elections and Policies to Combat It
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access


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