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Swedish Women´s Voting Behaviour During a Period of Increasing Female Labour Force Participation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis I have confirmed that a modern voting gender gap has emerged in Sweden over the four last decades of the 20th century. This change is however most obvious for the liberal conservative Moderate Party, which has lost female voters over the years, and the socialist Left Party, which has gained female votes.Moreover, I have used an OLS linear probability regression, controlling for the female labour situation, finding results indicating that women working in the large Swedish public sector, mainly the Municipality sector, are repelled by the Moderate Party and attracted by the left bloc. These results are consistent with the theoretical discussion about women’s double dependency vis-à-vis the welfare state, both as an employer and as a provider of services that lift women’s burdens in the household. This is consistent with the results indicating that women who have dependent children in the household are less likely to vote for the Moderate Party than men in the same situation.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226412DiVA: diva2:725448
Available from: 2014-06-16 Created: 2014-06-16 Last updated: 2014-06-16Bibliographically approved

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