The Missing Majority

The Missing Majority

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In America, women are the clear majority of the electorate and the clear minority of elected officials overall. Niven finds that one important reason women hold a minority of state legislative seats is that party leaders are biased against women. This bias, rooted in the outgroup effect, encourages the predominantly male party leadership to prefer candidates in their own image while they discount the merits of potential women candidates. This book addresses this issue and offers suggestions for change.First, male and female party chairs, on average, represent quite similar counties and have similar political beliefs. ... of the legislative districts they operate in, male and female party chairs have no statistically significant differences (using p alt; .10 as benchmark). ... In the personality trait indexes, in estimating the chances of women candidates, and in the gender of the people they would advocate as state legislative ... women to prefer women candidates and unbiased male party chairs.

Title:The Missing Majority
Author:David Niven
Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group - 1998-01-01


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