Tuesday Seminar – 8 Juin

The Changing Gender Gap(s) in Voting: An Occupational Realignment

Orit Kedar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Odelia Oshri (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Lotem Halevy (University of Pennsylvania)

In a dramatic reversal from five decades ago, in most Western democracies today, women support left-leaning parties at higher rates than men do. We explain this change on the left by focusing on men’s vote. We contend that occupational vulnerability to immigration led manual workers, most of whom are men, to abandon the mainstream left and support the radical right at disproportionately high rates. Furthermore, this effect is contingent on economic positions of parties both on the left and the radical right. Drawing on public opinion data from 18 countries over a 46 year period, labor data on skills required in different sectors, and party positions, we conduct both aggregate and individual-level analyses. We find that realignment of the vote along occupational lines in a gender-segregated labor market is at the heart of the change in the gender gap in voting.

Contact Semih Çakır if you would like to participate in the seminar. 

This content has been updated on 8 June 2021 at 9 h 39 min.