The political glass cliff: understanding how seat selection contributes to the underperformance of ethnic minority candidates

Kulich, Clara, Ryan, Michelle K. and Haslam, S. Alexander (2014) The political glass cliff: understanding how seat selection contributes to the underperformance of ethnic minority candidates. Political Research Quarterly, 67 1: 84-95. doi:10.1177/1065912913495740


Author Kulich, Clara
Ryan, Michelle K.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Title The political glass cliff: understanding how seat selection contributes to the underperformance of ethnic minority candidates
Journal name Political Research Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1065-9129
1938-274X
Publication date 2014-03
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1065912913495740
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 67
Issue 1
Start page 84
End page 95
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract An archival study of U.K. General Election results from 2001, 2005, and 2010 revealed that Conservative black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates were less successful than their white counterparts. However, mediation analyses demonstrate that this lack of success can be explained by the lower winnability of BME candidates' seats, such that the opposition candidate held a seat with a significantly larger majority compared with white candidates' opponents. Results and implications are discussed in the framework of the "glass cliff," previously demonstrated for women, in the sense that the seats minority groups contested were harder to win compared with majority groups.
Keyword Ethnicity
Gender
Glass cliff
Leadership
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 17 July 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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