Political Engagement, Institutions, and the Gender Gap

Miki Caul Kittilson and Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

in The Gendered Effects of Electoral Institutions

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608607
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745799 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Political Engagement, Institutions, and the Gender Gap

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Chapter 3 presents cross-national statistical analyses that assess the effect of institutions and outcomes on political engagement across a wide range of democracies. Widely varying gender gaps exist across countries along several dimensions of political engagement. Electoral institutions and the outcomes they produce explain to some extent varying gender gaps in political interest, political discussion, attention to political news, and political knowledge. However, they do so to different degrees for different forms of engagement. Electoral proportionality offers the most consistent and prominent explanation for gender gaps in nearly all forms of political engagement.

Keywords: proportionality; political engagement; women; gender; political interest; political knowledge; political discussion

Chapter.  11357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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