Attitudes towards women in politics: Gender, generation and party identification in Ireland

Yvonne Galligan, K. Knight

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    Abstract

    This article analyzes the effects of gender, generation and party support towards a greater inclusion of women in politics in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It explores attitudes on this issue using the same question in the Irish National Election Study (INES) and the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT). The article documents a consistent gender gap in both polities that persists across the generations, despite controls for socio-demographic factors. It also reveals an unexpected generational effect that we explain as the enduring legacy of politicization to women’s rights during the 1970s. Support among party identifiers for more women in politics follows predictable lines, yet gender and generational patterns persist. The gender gap and generational patterns found in the two polities on the island provide reason for concern among those committed to gender equality in representation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)585-611
    Number of pages27
    JournalParliamentary Affairs
    Volume64
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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