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The Silent SexGender, Deliberation, and Institutions$
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Christopher F. Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159751

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159751.001.0001

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Does Descriptive Representation Facilitate Women’s Distinctive Voice?

Does Descriptive Representation Facilitate Women’s Distinctive Voice?

(p.167) Chapter 7 Does Descriptive Representation Facilitate Women’s Distinctive Voice?
The Silent Sex

Christopher F. Karpowitz

Tali Mendelberg

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how women, far more than men, prioritize the protection of vulnerable and poor populations and support government intervention on “compassion” issues. Were women to gain more equal standing and authority, deliberations in public settings may well come to reflect a different set of priorities. In the same conditions where women speak more and carry more perceived influence, women are also more likely to speak to their distinctive concerns. Not only do women speak less when they are minorities under majority rule, they also speak less to the concerns women tend to raise and act upon. In other words, a valuable set of perspectives and considerations is nearly entirely lost to the group in the setting where women's standing is lowest.

Keywords:   women, men, poor populations, government intervention, compassion issues, authority, minorities, majority rule

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