Campaign promises more likely to be kept by governments run by women, research shows

Governments with strong female representation are more likely to deliver on campaign promises, according to new research from Rice University.


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Homola said the research demonstrates the importance of women playing part in the policymaking process. Voters “are usually very well-informed about broken and partially fulfilled promises” and will hold candidates accountable in the voting booth, he said.

“Women may in fact be more effective at this process than men, even when faced with the same institutional challenges,” he said.

In future studies, Homola hopes to research how greater female government representation impacts passage of legislation related to women’s issues.

Homola used data from the Comparative Party Pledge Group (CPPG) for his analysis. The CPPG identifies pledges in party platforms and evaluates the extent to which they are later fulfilled. The European countries included in the study were Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The paper, which will appear in an upcoming edition of Legislative Studies Quarterly, is available online at https://doi.org/10.1111/lsq.12330.

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