Women and Electoral Participation in the Wake of Democratization

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Anatomy - Large LT (University of Glasgow)
Carles Boix , Politics, Princeton University
Francesc Amat , Institute for Political Economy and Governance, IPEG-Barcelona
Jordi Muñoz , Political Science, Universitat de Barcelona
Toni Rodon , Department of Government, London School of Economics
Taking advantage of a historically unique panel data set of official registers that include individualized information on turnout as well as other personal characteristics two elections in Spain’s Second Republic (1934 and 1936), we explore the covariates of female electoral mobilization in the wake of democratization. Our analysis relies on a fine-grained sample of over 30,000 electors in both urban and rural localities throughout Catalonia, matched with relevant precinct-level socio-economic, political and geographical data. Women’s turnout was driven by individual resources (defined by age, literacy and occupation) but also by the mobilizational strategies developed by social organizations (such as trade unions) and by the social and family milieux in which they lived. The paper finds little differential turnout behavior by party covariates.