What happens in an electoral environment involving female candidates? Do women face different challenges during the electoral process? How do gender dynamics alter the conventional norms of electoral politics? Do women campaign differently from men? Do male candidates pay more attention to women's issues, or make other strategic and behavioral changes when opposed by a female candidate? Author Richard Logan Fox answers these questions and many others with compelling evidence that suggests that women candidates are having a profound impact on the electoral process. In Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections, Fox studies the congressional races of 1992 and 1994 in California in which a record 19 women were candidates for House seats. He contrasts the experiences of both the male and female candidates and sheds new light on the different challenges women face during political campaigns. Providing a groundbreaking examination of an understudied topic, Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections will be essential for students and professionals in political science.
Gender and Political Representation in the Elections of 1992 and 1994
What is the reason for studying female candidates? And why study female candidates in the 1992 and 1994 elections? Before moving on to present and assess the experiences of the congressional candidates in California, it is important to further discuss the theoretical and contextual underpinnings of this study. The experiences of female candidates have great significance for understanding recent electoral politics and the continued underrepresentation of women in governing institutions. Elections provide the best window into the dynamics of the political process and the clearest opportunity to determine whether women have been accepted into that process. Elections, as discussed below, are the primary medium ...