Published In

American Political Science Review

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2012

Subjects

Equality, Decision making -- Quantitative studies, Sex discrimination, Political participation -- Sex differences

Abstract

Can men and women have equal levels of voice and authority in deliberation or does deliberation exacerbate gender inequality? Does increasing women's descriptive representation in deliberation increase their voice and authority? We answer these questions and move beyond the debate by hypothesizing that the group's gender composition interacts with its decision rule to exacerbate or erase the inequalities. We test this hypothesis and various alternatives, using experimental data with many groups and links between individuals' attitudes and speech. We find a substantial gender gap in voice and authority, but as hypothesized, it disappears under unanimous rule and few women, or under majority rule and many women. Deliberative design can avoid inequality by fitting institutional procedure to the social context of the situation.

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This is the publisher's final PDF. Article appears in American Political Science Review. The original publication is available at: http://journals.cambridge.org.proxy.lib.pdx.edu/action/displayJournal?jid=PSR and is Copyright 2012 Cambridge University Press.

DOI

10.1017/S0003055412000329

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/10042

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