The study of voting behaviour remains a vibrant sub-discipline of political science. The Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an authoritative and wide ranging survey of this dynamic field, drawing together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide a state-of-the-art review that sets the agenda for future study. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on a range of countries, the handbook is composed of eight parts. The first five cover the principal theoretical paradigms, establishing the state of the art in their conceptualisation and application, and followed by chapters on their specific challenges and innovative applications in contemporary voting studies. The remaining three parts explore elements of the voting process to understand their different effects on vote outcomes. The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of politics, sociology, psychology and research methods.

Gender and Voting

Gender and Voting
Rosie Campbell


The study of gender and voting behaviour has gradually moved from the periphery of political science research to become a recurrent theme in the mainstream study of electoral behaviour, to the extent that now even economists pay attention to the issue (Edlund and Pande 2002; Oswald and Powdthavee 2010). In fact, there is a growing diversity in the field, which was originally predominately populated by women and feminist scholars but has expanded, with more men now found listed in the citations. In the sub-discipline's infancy sex/gender was often included in voting models as a control variable but significant results were often either ignored, given scant attention or on occasion explained away using stereotypes ...

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