The liberal female penalty

So, didn’t see all that many other PS papers at the conference last week, but one I really enjoyed shared a panel with the paper Seth and I did on the health care vote.  Anyway, the paper, by Jana Dietz and Sarah Poggione, was about how women member of Congress who are more liberal than their district are penalized by voters way more than male members who are more liberal than their constituents.  On the flip side, members who are way more conservative than their district are punished less than those way more liberal, and in this case, women hardly punished at all.  One of the more interesting gender/partisan asymmetries I’ve come across.  For one, it sure means that Republicans are making a mistake by not getting more women candidates for Congress.

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