Flip-Flops and High Heels: An Experimental Analysis of Elite Position Change and Gender on Wartime Public Support

Sarah E. Croco, Scott Sigmund Gartner

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Abstract

We address whether politicians' flip-flopping on support for a war is damaging to their electoral fortunes, and if the gender of the politician has a conditioning effect on this relationship. A series of survey experiments, conducted in 2010 and designed specifically for this project, allows us to examine the causal power of these two cues. Our results challenge the conventional wisdom: respondents do not fault leaders who change their minds about a conflict, and importantly, this effect holds irrespective of the gender of the politician. Instead, individuals react to the policy position the politician currently holds on a war regardless of the politician's consistency and gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Interactions
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations

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