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Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior$
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Monika L McDermott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190462802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190462802.001.0001

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Context and Looking Ahead

(p.158) Chapter 7 Conclusion
Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior

Monika L. McDermott

Oxford University Press

In addition to wrapping up the story told by the book about gendered personalities and politics, the concluding chapter also takes a look at how these personality factors compare to the Big Five personality factors traditionally studied in political science. A replication of multiple existing models of party identification and the Big Five factors shows that gendered personalities have effects equivalent in size to the broader factors. The chapter and the book conclude with a discussion of the implications of the book’s findings for academic research as well as for practical politics. The primary conclusion is that gendered personalities should be considered when attempting to explain political behavior.

Keywords:   gender, political behavior, political attitudes, personality, voting, masculinity, femininity, political campaigns, political candidates, Big Five

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