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More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures

Susan J. Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu

Abstract

This book advances a new approach for understanding women’s election to office, challenging assumptions of a single model of candidate emergence and the necessity for women to assimilate to men’s pathways to office. The authors argue that a relationally embedded model of candidate emergence better captures women’s decision-making than an ambition framework in which candidacy is self-initiated. More women can run if more efforts are made to recruit women of varying backgrounds. Analysis of data from 2008 and 1981 nationwide surveys of state legislators conducted by the Center for American Women ... More

Keywords: women, gender, elections, candidacy, representation, legislatures, states, political parties, Republican Party, Democratic Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199322428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199322428.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan J. Carroll, author
Rutgers University

Kira Sanbonmatsu, author
Rutgers University

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