The opportunity structure for women's candidacies and electability in Britain and the United States

Susan Welch, Donley T. Studlar

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Abstract

The influence of the social and political environment on candidacies and electability is an important element of political recruitment structures. We investigate several contextual factors that may affect the likelihood of women becoming candidates to, and members of, the British House of Commons and the U.S. House of Representatives. Using data from the 1992 British General Election and the 1992 U.S. congressional elections, we find both similarities and differences in the contexts promoting women's candidacies in the two countries. Overall, there is not an especially distinctive pattern in either country to women's candidacies or electability. Women have moved beyond sacrificial lamb status, but incumbency remains the most formidable electoral barrier in both countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-874
Number of pages14
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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