O sister, where art thou? Theory and evidence on female participation at citizen assemblies

Gerber, Marlène; Schaub, Hans-Peter; Müller, Sean (2019). O sister, where art thou? Theory and evidence on female participation at citizen assemblies. European journal of politics and gender, 2(2), pp. 173-195. Bristol University Press 10.1332/251510819X15471289106095

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This article investigates gender differences in participation at the citizen assembly of Glarus, Switzerland. We use original survey data collected among 800 citizens. We find significant gender gaps both for attending and holding a speech at the assembly. Lower female attendance is particularly pronounced among older cohorts and can largely be explained by gender differences in political interest, knowledge and efficacy. In contrast, the gender gap in speaking is substantial regardless of age and cannot be reduced to factors that typically shape participation. Hence, gender differences are disappearing in voting but persist in more public, interactive forms of political engagement.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Marlène; Schaub, Hans-Peter and Müller, Sean

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

2515-1088

Publisher:

Bristol University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Hans-Peter Schaub

Date Deposited:

20 Mar 2019 17:22

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 18:16

Publisher DOI:

10.1332/251510819X15471289106095

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.125755

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125755

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