On the Complex and Varied Political Effects of Gender

Leonie Huddy and Erin Cassese

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 On the Complex and Varied Political Effects of Gender

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This chapter studies the political consequences of gender differences in public opinion among the American – and global – public, examining what is currently known about the nature, persistence, and origins of different gender gaps in political involvement and attitudes. It then discusses the role that gender stereotypes play in shaping reactions to political figures, and also includes a selective literature review which is focused on some of the main trends and findings within this research field.

Keywords: gender differences; political consequences; gender gaps; political involvement; gender stereotypes; political figures; literature review; main trends

Article.  7884 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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