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210125 SE M7: State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2019W)

Gender and Politics

9.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 40 participants
Language: English



11.12.2019 9:00 bis 15:00 Uhr
12.12.2019 9:00 bis 15:00 Uhr
13.12.2019 9:00 bis 15:00 Uhr
14.12.2019 9:00 bis 15:00 Uhr
16.12.2019 9:00 bis 15:00 Uhr
Seminarraum Pramergasse 9, 1090 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course introduces students to the main theoretical concepts and the major empirical research questions in the area of Gender and Politics. It addresses fundamental questions in Comparative Politics from the perspective of gender differences and confronts students with important questions of causal inference in quantitative empirical-analytical research. Based on selected recent contributions students examine 1) questions of descriptive and substantive representation (e.g., in political institutions such as parties, national and sub-national legislatures). Students also learn 2) about political participation and explore the causes and consequences of gender gaps in individual voting behavior. Other key aspects that are discussed in the seminar include 3) political violence against women and gender dynamics in 4) policy-making, and 5) judicial decision-making. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the relevant data sources of gender and politics, providing them with plenty of opportunities to conduct their own preliminary analyses and develop first ideas for their term paper. By the end of the course, students will have improved their knowledge and skills in the areas of research design, causal inference, and statistical analysis. They will also apply their newly acquired insights through small exercises and hands-on research.
To take full advantage of this course, students should have had some prior exposure to important research questions in the field of comparative politics. They should also have a solid understanding of basic statistical methods and a strong interest both in the subject matter and empirical-analytical research. Finally, they should be comfortable with reading academic publications in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written assignments
Two short assignments (approx. 1,000 words) that engage with key questions of gender and politics. Examples are question papers, in which students synthesize one week’s readings and contrast them with additional literature, or technical exercises where they solve an analytical data question. The written assignments are due on January 31, 2020. Students are also expected to carefully read the assigned literature in order to actively participate in in-class discussion.
Term paper
Term paper (approx. 6,000 words) on a predetermined research question or a research question of individual choice. The deadline for the term paper is February 29, 2020. Please hand in your term paper in PDF format via email.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Barnes, T. D. and Beaulieu, E. (2019). Women Politicians, Institutions, and Perceptions of Corruption. Comparative Political Studies, 52(1):134167.
Barnes, T. D. and Burchard, S. M. (2013). "Engendering" Politics: The Impact of Descriptive Representation on Women’s
Box-Steffensmeier, J. M., De Boef, S., and Lin, T.-M. (2004). The Dynamics of the Partisan Gender Gap. American Political Science Review, 98(3):515528.
Boyd, C. L., Epstein, L., and Martin, A. D. (2010). Untangling the Causal Effects of Sex on Judging. American Journal of Political Science, 54(2):389411.
Broockman, D. E. (2014). Do female politicians empower women to vote or run for oce? A regression discontinuity approach. Electoral Studies, 34:190204.
Dassonneville, R. and McAllister, I. (2018). Gender, Political Knowledge, and Descriptive Representation: The Impact of Long-Term Socialization. American Journal of Political Science, 62(2):249265.
Ecker, A., Ennser-Jedenastik, L., and Haselmayer, M. (2019). Gender Bias in Asylum Adjudications: Evidence for Leniency toward Token Women. Sex Roles.
Ennser-Jedenastik, L. (2017). How Women’s Political Representation affects Spending on Family Benefits. Journal of Social Policy, 46(3):563581.
Esarey, J. and Schwindt-Bayer, L. A. (2018). Women’s Representation, Accountability and Corruption in Democracies. British Journal of Political Science, 48(3):659690.
Escobar-Lemmon, M. and Taylor-Robinson, M. M. (2005). Women Ministers in Latin American Government: When, Where, and Why? American Journal of Political Science, 49(4):829844.
Fraile, M. and Gomez, R. (2017). Why Does Alejandro Know More about Politics than Catalina? Explaining the Latin American Gender Gap in Political Knowledge. British Journal of Political Science, 47(1):91112.
Inglehart, R. and Norris, P. (2003). Rising tide: gender equality and cultural change around the world. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK ; New York.
Jones, M. P. (2009). Gender Quotas, Electoral Laws, and the Election of Women: Evidence from the Latin American Vanguard. Comparative Political Studies, 42(1):5681.
Ladam, C., Harden, J. J., and Windett, J. H. (2018). Prominent Role Models: High-Profile Female Politicians and the Emergence of Women as Candidates for Public Office. American Journal of Political Science, 62(2):369381.
Mansbridge, J. (1999). Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent "Yes". The Journal of Politics, 61(3):628657.
Morgan, J. and Buice, M. (2013). Latin American Attitudes toward Women in Politics: The Influence of Elite Cues, Female Advancement, and Individual Characteristics. American Political Science Review, 107(04):644662.
O’Brien, D. Z. and Rickne, J. (2016). Gender Quotas and Women’s Political Leadership. American Political Science Review, 110(1):112126.
Robinson, A. L. and Gottlieb, J. (2019). How to Close the Gender Gap in Political Participation: Lessons from Matrilineal Societies in Africa. British Journal of Political Science, pages 125.
Schwindt-Bayer, L. A. (2006). Still Supermadres? Gender and the Policy Priorities of Latin American Legislators. American Journal of Political Science, 50(3):570585.
Schwindt-Bayer, L. A. and Mishler, W. (2005). An Integrated Model of Women’s Representation. The Journal of Politics, 67(2):407428.
Shore, J. (2019). Singled Out or Drawn In? Social Polices and Lone Mothers’ Political Engagement. Politics & Gender, pages 127.
Spierings, N. and Zaslove, A. (2017). Gender, populist attitudes, and voting: explaining the gender gap in voting for populist radical right and populist radical left parties. West European Politics, 40(4):821847.
Washington, E. L. (2008). Female Socialization: How Daughters Affect Their Legislator Fathers’ Voting on Women’s Issues. American Economic Review, 98(1):311332. Political Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Comparative Political Studies, 46(7):767790.
Barnes, T. D. and O’Brien, D. Z. (2018). Defending the Realm: The Appointment of Female Defense Ministers Worldwide

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