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Need Not Apply: The Relationship Between the Ideology of Candidates for State Supreme Courts and the Contribution Preferences of Male and Female Donors (Eric N. Waltenburg)

To what extent does a candidate’s gender and ideological disposition affect the contribution decisions of the financiers of state judicial elections?

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To what extent does a candidate’s gender and ideological disposition affect the contribution decisions of the financiers of state judicial elections? Using data from FollowTheMoney.org and the Bonica and Woodruff (2015) common space measures of state judicial ideology, we find both a ‘gender affinity’ effect and an effect of ideology. More specifically, we find that women financiers provide greater support to more liberal women candidates, whereas the contribution decisions of male financiers are oriented to conservative male candidates and to candidacies where their contributions might be expected to have a greater effect on the electoral outcome. We argue this pattern of contribution decisions affects the ideological composition of the state bench.

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The programme for the core lecture series for the Spring 2023 is:

  • 16 February: "Peer effects and authoritarianism: Evidence from Norway" - Sirianne Dahlum
  • 16 March: "Nonviolent repression in electoral autocracies" - Katerina Terytchnaya
  • 30 March: "Political Culture, Right Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation, and Trump Voters" - Brendon Swedlow
  • 1 June: "Need Not Apply: The Relationship Between the Ideology of Candidates for State Supreme Courts and the Contribution Preferences of Male and Female Donors" - Eric N Waltenburg

All seminars are held on Thursdays 14.00-15.30 in the Sampol Meeting room (2nd Floor), and are open to all. 

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