“Women more likely to recruit other women for political office” @iknow_politics #hwhtw

August 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Women more likely to recruit other women for political office

The gender composition of those responsible for candidate recruitment plays a crucial role in either encouraging or discouraging women candidates to run for office, according to a recent study in Political Research Quarterly (PRQ) published by SAGE on behalf of the Western Political Science Association.

“Researchers Christine Cheng and Margit Tavits looked at “party gatekeepers” (local party presidents) from the five major political parties in the 2004 and 2006 Canadian national elections. Unlike the US, the nomination of party candidates for the Canadian Parliament is solely the prerogative of the local party associations, and local presidents are in a position to both formally and informally influence the nomination of candidates. The research found an important relationship between the gender of party gatekeepers and who ultimately is nominated to run for office.”

Read the press release: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/sp-wml080511.php

Read the full article: http://prq.sagepub.com/content/64/2/460.full.pdf+html

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