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Theorising gender voting gaps. Do 'feminism losers' vote for right-wing populist parties?

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2023-06
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Right-wing populist parties explicitly appeal to voters as "feminism losers", both male and female. These parties blame feminism, or “gender ideology”, for the modification of traditional gender roles that have accompanied Western societies' economic, social and cultural transformations. This paper tries to theoretically define who might feel like a 'feminism losers' and therefore feel appealed to by the antigender/antifeminist messages of right-wing populist parties. It also tries to develop the operationalisation of the concept to translate into an international survey to be carried out in Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Hungary. The hypothesis that those who think of themselves as 'losers of feminism' might vote for right-wing populist parties stands in clear contrast to the hypothesis of the 'losers of globalization' or ‘losers of modernization’. The 'feminism losers' hypothesis relies on the assumption that gender is a social cleavage (even though it has not been considered as such by mainstream political science), and is developed through the following hypotheses: 1) right-wing populist parties act as niche parties in the representation of gender needs, demands and worries; 2) voters of right-wing populist parties are rational (including women); 3) the gender utility derived from voting right-wing populist parties is different for men and women.
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The paper is part of the project Horizon Europe RIA project "UNTWIST: Policy Recommendations to regain 'feminism losers' as mainstream voters" (GA 101060846 - https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101060836). Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are, however, those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency (REA) under the powers delegated by the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. Additional financial support has been provided by Pablo de Olavide University through VI PLAN PROPIO DE INVESTIGACIÓN Y TRANSFERENCIA for the research stay at EUI, during which the paper has been drafted.
Existe una versión revisada y actualizada de este texto: "Theorising gender voting gaps through Gender Positional Deprivation" http://hdl.handle.net/10433/16611
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