Gender in campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives / Barbara Burrell.

Burrell, Barbara C., 1947- [Browse]
  • Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2014]
  • ©2014
viii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


  • CAWP series in gender and American politics [More in this series]
  • The CAWP series in gender and American politics
Summary note
"Barbara Burrell presents a comprehensive comparative examination of men's and women's candidacies for the U.S. House of Representatives in elections from 1994 thourhg 2012. Analyzing extensive data sets on all major party candidates for 10 elections--covering candidate status, party affiliation, fund-raising, candidate background variables, votes obtained, and success rates for both primary and general elections--Burrell finds little evidence of categorical discrimination against women candidates. Women compete equally with men and often outpace them in raising money, gaining interest group and political party support, and winning elections. Yet the number of women elected to the U.S. House has expanded only incrementally. The electroral structure limits opportunities for newcomers to win congressional seats and there remains a lower presence of women in winnable contests despite growing recruitment efforts. Burrell suggests that congressional dysfunction discourages potential candidates from pursuing legislative careers and that ambitious women are finding alternative paths to influence and affect public policy"--Page [i].
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-284) and index.
  • Introduction
  • Women's campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives beyond the "year of the woman"
  • Men's and women's presence and performance in primary elections for the U.S. House
  • Winning in November : men's and women's performance in general elections for the U.S. house
  • Financing men's and women's campaigns for the U.S. House
  • Political parties, women's organizations, and the election of women to Congress
  • The victors : the men and women elected to the U.S. House
  • Gender, policy making, and leadership : descriptive and substantive representation
  • The 2012 election and summary ideas.
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