Gender and Electoral Behavior

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3 Scopus citations


Kittilson examines the general contours of men and women’s electoral participation and voting preferences in the post-World War II era through the theoretical lens of the “gender gap.” She provides an overview of gender gaps in voter participation and vote preferences around the world, focusing on cross-national and cross-temporal variations. Although early research was largely limited to the USA and Western Europe, more recent literature examines Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Overall, gender differences in voter participation have narrowed in recent decades, such that today women are as likely as men to cast a ballot on election day. At the same time, gaps in vote choice have reversed direction: Whereas women tended to vote more conservatively than men, they now vote more progressively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGender and Politics
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameGender and Politics
ISSN (Print)2662-5814
ISSN (Electronic)2662-5822


  • Electoral Participation
  • Gender Gap
  • Kittilson
  • Vote Choice
  • Voter Participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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