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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 1: Introduction Empirical research Five important questions to ask when reading scholarly material- What is the research question posed?- What method was employed?- What are the findings?- Can you see any major flaws with the method employed?- What contribution is the study making?-------- Gender differences in vote choice, opinion, and party identification have become a common feature of the American political landscape. We examine the nature and causes of gender differences in partisanship using a time series approach. We show that gender differences are pervasive – existing outside of the context of specific elections or issues = and that they are a product of the interaction of societal conditions and politics. We find that from 1979 to 2000, the partisan gender gap has grown when the political climate moved in a conservative direction, the economy deteriorated, and the percentage of economically vulnerable single women increased. The gender gap is likely to be a continual feature of the American political landscape: one that shapes everything from elite political behavior to...
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- Spring '07
- American Political Landscape, partisan gender gap