Mapping Right-Wing Women’s Policy Priorities in Latin America

Victoria D. Beall, Tiffany D. Barnes

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Do right-wing women hold unique policy priorities from that of left-wing women and right-wing men? And do right-wing women legislators represent the priorities of right-wing citizens? Right-wing women share unique gendered socialization experiences with left-wing women, but their ideology informs values and attitudes critical to policy preference formation. Political representation theories suggest that women legislators should hold distinct incentives to represent female constituents. However, institutional theories suggest right-wing women legislators may face different incentives that limit the extent to which they represent right-wing female constituents. To evaluate our expectations, we leverage survey data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project and the Parliamentary Elites of Latin America. We demonstrate how right-wing women citizens differ from left-wing women citizens across a range of policy priorities. Then, we evaluate elite priorities for these same policy issues. We find little evidence for policy priority congruency between women citizens and women legislators on the right.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-65
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Women, Politics and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020

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  • Latin America
  • Policy congruence
  • gender gap
  • right-wing women’s representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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