Political Accountability, Legislator Gender, and the Status Quo Bias

  title={Political Accountability, Legislator Gender, and the Status Quo Bias},
  author={Lior Sheffer},
  journal={Politics \& Gender},
  pages={365 - 401}
  • Lior Sheffer
  • Published 21 November 2019
  • Psychology
  • Politics & Gender
Abstract A large body of literature in political science documents differences between elected men and women in their substantive policy preferences, representation styles, and effectiveness as legislators. We know far less about whether female and male representatives respond differently to being held politically accountable for their decisions. Although it is a difficult concept to evaluate empirically with incumbents, this absence of research is nevertheless surprising considering the… 


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