How the West Was Won: Competition, Mobilization, and Women’s Enfranchisement in the United States

@article{Teele2018HowTW,
  title={How the West Was Won: Competition, Mobilization, and Women’s Enfranchisement in the United States},
  author={Dawn Langan Teele},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2018},
  volume={80},
  pages={442 - 461}
}
  • D. Teele
  • Published 2 March 2018
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Politics
A long-standing puzzle in American political development is why western states extended voting rights to women before states in the East. Building on theories of democratization and women’s suffrage, I argue that politicians have incentives to seek out new voters in competitive political environments. A strong suffrage movement reinforces these incentives by providing information and infrastructure that parties can capitalize on in future elections. If politicians believe they can mobilize the… 
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