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Resilient Aspirants: Women's Candidacies and Election in Times of COVID-19

Gatto, MAC; Thome, D; (2020) Resilient Aspirants: Women's Candidacies and Election in Times of COVID-19. Politics & Gender , 16 (4) pp. 1001-1008. 10.1017/s1743923x20000537. Green open access

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has gendered implications for women's time and resources. The use of informal institutions that pose obstacles to women's electoral viability may also be particularly consequential at a time of rapid change, when election dates and procedures are being amended because of health concerns. Together, these dynamics suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic may impact women's electoral participation, support, and viability in meaningful ways. The November 2020 Brazilian municipal elections provide an opportunity to explore this. Employing data from an original survey of eligible individuals and aspirant candidates, we find that the main obstacle to women's representation is not personal political ambition or efforts but women's perceptions of their access to support for their candidacies. In the face of greater challenges, resilient aspirants are choosing to work harder to compensate for potential losses in campaign support and funds.

Type: Article
Title: Resilient Aspirants: Women's Candidacies and Election in Times of COVID-19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/s1743923x20000537
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/s1743923x20000537
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Covid-19; women’s representation; elections; candidate recruitment; Brazil
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106529
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