Research

BOOK PROJECT 

From Suffrage to Representation: Women upon Enfranchisement

How did women achieve de facto representation of shared interests upon de jure entry to the electorate? This book challenges dominant accounts in political science that assume a near `automatic' link between suffrage and representation. Uncovering the complexities in the realization of women's representation, this book documents how social movements facilitate political responsiveness to newly enfranchised groups. Newly enfranchised women faced a plethora of logistic, social and political barriers to voting, and the socio-economic, racial and partisan heterogeneities within the group further impeded the development of women as a distinct political group. Yet a disengaged electorate with latently distinct preferences would hardly seem worthwhile for politicians to engage. If there is no political demand, the costs of supplying latent preferences of an otherwise disengaged, heterogeneous, electorate would seem too high. Through the analysis of original micro-level data on suffragists' character, strength and activities, women's voting behavior, party manifestos and politicians' legislative behavior in the U.S., Norway and Chile, this book undertakes the puzzle of how did newly enfranchised women overcome barriers to their own representation and become a distinct, politically salient group that made it worthwhile for politicians to engage with politically. By doing so, this book proposes that suffrage movements facilitated the development of politically salient group identities, thus enabling political responsiveness to women's group interests. The suffrage movement, operating in different institutional contexts, helped to define women's shared interests, raised women's consciousness and to create a politically engaged electorate with manifested shared preferences. This incentivized politicians to politically engage women on shared preferences, thus representing their interests in the legislatures. By carefully unpacking the pathways from suffrage to representation, this book provides an explanation for why women's shared interests are sometimes not represented in legislatures and why political responsiveness to women's interests is not always sustained over time. By doing so, this book makes a theoretical contribution to our understanding of how social groups achieve representation of shared interests.

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PUBLICATIONS 

 

The Electoral Impact of Newly Enfranchised Groups: The Case of Women's Suffrage in the United States

Accepted, Journal of Politics

Some of this research featured by LSE Research highlights, accompanied by a video interview.

Some of this research featured in APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter, Spring 2017.

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WORKING PAPERS 

Suffrage, Turnout and the Community: How Social Context Mobilized Early Women Voters in Sweden?

(with Grace Natusch, LSE)

Awarded REF Enhancement Grant, Durham University

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Revisiting the Gender Voting Gap in the Era of Women's Suffrage 

(with Dawn L. Teele, University of Pennsylvania)

Awarded Research Internship Grant, Department of Government, LSE

Awarded URF Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania

Recipient of the Best Paper Award presented at APSA, 2017, Women and Politics Section

[Abstract] [Working Paper]

Votes for and by Women: How Did Women Vote after the Nineteenth Amendment?

Listen to a podcast where I discuss some of this research (with James Snyder)

PSPE LSE working paper

Competing for Women's Votes: Mobilisation of Women in the Wake of Democratisation

Universal Suffrage and the Support for Parties with Redistributive Agendas: Evidence from 17 Western Countries 

Transition, Careers, and the Tenure of Ministers: How Does Regime Change Shape Ministerial Stability in Post-Communist Democracies?

(with J-H Meyer-Sahling; University of Nottingham)

Awarded Small Research Grant, British Academy

The Political Impact of Women's Suffrage in Chile and Argentina

(with Dawn Teele, UPenn; Guadalupe Tunon, Berkeley; Anna Callis, Berkeley)

 

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

War and Women: Political Legacies of Sexual Violence in the Soviet Zone 

(with Ulrike Theuerkauf, (UEA) and Hanna Folsz (University of Durham)

Awarded DEVCo Research Grant, University of East Anglia

Awarded APSA Small Research Grant

Suffrage, Turnout and the Household: The Case of Early Women Voters in Sweden.

Awarded Grant Seedcorn Fund, Durham University

Awarded REF Enhancement Grant, Durham University

Protesting for the Vote:  How Suffragists secured the vote in the U.S.

(with Sarah Liu, University of Edinburgh)

Mobilisation of Early Women Voters in Austria.

           (with Hanna Folsz, University of Durham)

The First Women Voters: Role Model Effects in the Past

           (with Jeong Kim, LSU)