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Master of Science (MS)
Do citizens evaluate female vs. male leaders’ foreign policy decisions differently? The number of countries that have had female leaders continues to expand, but little is known about how domestic audiences reward or punish female (relative to male) leaders for foreign policy choices. This study examines how the gender of a national leader conditions the relationship between their hawkish/dovish ideology and public approval for rapprochement policies in militarized interstate conflicts. Results from time-series cross-sectional data using multiple regression models with fixed effects from 31 countries and 127 leaders show that public approval tends to be lower for women leaders and that right-of-center women are particularly prone to public disapproval if they concede in international crises.
Gillespie, Micala H., "The Dove's Advantage: Impact of Gender and Conflict on Executive Approval" (2020). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7979.
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