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The Dynamics of the Partisan Gender Gap
Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Suzanna De Boef and Tse-min Lin
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 98, No. 3 (Aug., 2004), pp. 515-528
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4145344
Page Count: 14
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Gender differences in vote choice, opinion, and party identification have become a common feature of the American political landscape. We examine the nature and causes of gender differences in partisanship using a time series approach. We show that gender differences are pervasiveexisting outside of the context of specific elections or issues-and that they are a product of the interaction of societal conditions and politics. We find that from 1979 to 2000, the partisan gender gap has grown when the political climate moved in a conservative direction, the economy deteriorated, and the percentage of economically vulnerable, single women increased. The gender gap is likely to be a continual feature of the American political landscape: one that shapes everything from elite political behavior to election outcomes.
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