Electing Women to the Dail: Gender Cues and the Irish Voter.
MARSH, MICHAEL ANTHONY
MC ELROY, GAIL
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Citation:Gail McElroy and Michael Marsh, Electing Women to the Dail: Gender Cues and the Irish Voter., Irish Political Studies, 26, 4, 2011, 521 - 534
At no time in history has the number of women elected to Dail ireann surpassed 14 per cent of the total membership. In spite of significant social changes, the use of a proportional electoral system and no obvious bias among voters, the number of female TDs remains stubbornly low by international standards. This paper examines why, if the prospects for women?s election are relatively good, so few women end up in public office. Using both aggregate and survey data, the issues of incumbency advantage, the electorate?s attitudes and the candidates? differing experiences of the political process are explored. The evidence suggests that, all else equal, female candidates have as good a chance of being elected as their male counterparts, and the real difficulties in achieving equitable representation lie elsewhere, in the candidate emergence and nomination stages of the election game.
Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
Gender and Politics
Representation of Women
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Series/Report no:Irish Political Studies;