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Women and Elective OfficePast, Present, and Future$
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Sue Thomas and Clyde Wilcox

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328734.001.0001

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Entry-Level Politics? Women as Candidates and Elected Officials at the Local Level

Entry-Level Politics? Women as Candidates and Elected Officials at the Local Level

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(p.199) 12 Entry-Level Politics? Women as Candidates and Elected Officials at the Local Level
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Women and Elective Office
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Laura van Assendelft

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328734.003.0012

The opportunities for women’s local political participation outnumber any other level of government, and the traditional barriers that often deter a woman’s decision to run for office are often perceived as less significant at the local level. Many local races are nonpartisan, the media may be less invasive, campaigns can be less expensive, the job is often part-time, and local elected officials do not have to relocate their families. However, even at the local level, women remain vastly underrepresented and also less likely than men to pursue higher office. Using survey data on women in local elective office, the analysis of the influence of gender on political ambition and leadership style presented in this chapter highlights more similarities than differences between women in serving in all types of local offices compared with women at higher levels of government.

Keywords:   Political ambition, Local elective office

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