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Organizing American Politics, Organizing Gender

Kira Sanbonmatsu

in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199235476
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Organizing American Politics, Organizing Gender

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This article describes the gender differences in mass behavior and candidacy. It also needs to ask: when does American politics organize gender? Perhaps the most common theoretical foundation underlying research on gender and behavior is the idea that gender differences in interests may lead to gender differences in voting behavior. The existence of gender differences depends on what aspect of behavior is examined, at what point in time, and whether men and women are compared at the individual or aggregate level. Gender differences are often small or non-existent, which would seem to suggest that gender is not a central dividing line in American politics. The mobilization studies that identify politics as a source of gender differences in political behavior are described. It then suggests new areas for research with two brief examples.

Keywords: gender differences; American politics; mass behavior; candidacy; voting behavior; mobilization

Article.  7911 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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