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Waar en wanneer praten mannen en vrouwen over politiek ? : De sekseverschillen in politieke discussie in hun sociale en politieke context

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  • Didier Caluwaerts orcid logo

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Deliberative democrats claim that political deliberation among citizens increases the legitimacy of and support for de mocratie decision-making. The question is, however, whether deliberative democracy can realize its added value in the real world of polities where political discussion is characterized by persisting inequalities. This paper tries to contextualize the gender gap in political talk by taking into account the social (i.e., discussion networks) and political context (i.e., campaign effects) in which political debate takes place. Based on previous research we argue that women prefer to discuss polities in relatively like-m inded, cohesive networks, while men prefer more confrontatio nal networks. Moreover, we expect the gender gap to depend on the electoral context, in that the gender gap disappears in later campaign phases. These two arguments were tested and confirmed using data gathered in the Partirep Regional Election Survey in 2009.

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Caluwaerts, D., (2012) “Waar en wanneer praten mannen en vrouwen over politiek ? : De sekseverschillen in politieke discussie in hun sociale en politieke context”, Res Publica 54(1), p.5-26.

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30 Mar 2012
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