Gender and leader effects in the 2010 Australian election

Denemark, David, Ward, Ian and Bean, Clive (2012) Gender and leader effects in the 2010 Australian election. Australian Journal of Political Science, 47 4: 563-578. doi:10.1080/10361146.2012.731485

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Author Denemark, David
Ward, Ian
Bean, Clive
Title Gender and leader effects in the 2010 Australian election
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2012.731485
Open Access Status
Volume 47
Issue 4
Start page 563
End page 578
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The impact of voters’ gender on leader evaluations in parliamentary systems has been largely unexplored, while the impact of female leaders on voter attitudes and preferences remains to be fully established. This paper uses Julia Gillard’s historic candidacy in the 2010 Australian federal election to explore how voters evaluated Australia’s first female prime minister, and to test the impact of their assessments on vote choice. The authors also examine whether Gillard’s high-profile candidacy affected women’s levels of political interest, awareness and engagement in what had been largely a ‘man’s game’. Their findings confirm that Gillard enjoyed a gender-affinity effect in 2010 in terms of both leader evaluations and vote choice, and women’s political engagement was significantly affected by the Gillard candidacy.
Keyword Australia
leader evaluations
parliamentary elections
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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