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The Gender-Representation Gap in Radical Right Parties: Is There Any Contagion Effect from Parties with Small Gaps?
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6284-2591
2019 (English)In: Comparative Sociology, ISSN 1569-1322, E-ISSN 1569-1330, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 66-93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is about women's political participation in times of increased influence from radical right parties. The gender-representation gap in the Swedish radical right party, the Sweden Democrats, is examined. A reformulated contagion theory is tested using three hypotheses. To test the hypotheses, a large-N study of all of Sweden's municipalities is conducted. The results show that a large gender-representation gap exists in the Sweden Democrats party compared with that in the other main parties, and the gap has a negative effect on the total level of female representation in the municipal councils. However, the gap and the negative effect are decreasing over time in relation to the other main parties, which supports the hypotheses and the reformulated contagion theory.

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2019. Vol. 18, no 1, p. 66-93
Keywords [en]
contagion theory, gender-representation gap, local level, radical right parties, Sweden Democrats, women's political participation
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35802DOI: 10.1163/15691330-12341486ISI: 000457979900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060705168OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-35802DiVA, id: diva2:1296953
Available from: 2019-03-18 Created: 2019-03-18 Last updated: 2019-03-19Bibliographically approved

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