Comparing gender, institutions and political behavior: Toward an integrated theoretical framework

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Integrating the behavioral and institutional approaches to comparative politics will provide a more comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding why differences in political engagement among men and women vary cross-nationally and cross-temporally. This essay advances the argument that gender-related policies and institutions are not only outcomes in the political process, but also exert powerful influence over citizens' interests, values, and perceptions of politics. This policy feedback loop has implications for a wide array of political attitudes and activitiesfrom political interest to running for elected office. Specifically, the adoption and expansion of national policies on issues such as equal wages, childcare provision, paid maternity leave, and violence against women carry important messages to the electorate: Issues that disproportionately affect women, long considered private, have become important national policy choices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives on Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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