Mating and Political Inequality
Political equality is one of the cornerstones of a well-functioning democracy. Yet, very few democracies live up to this ideal. In this dissertation, I show that a central part of human behavior, mating, can help us explain why political inequalities are difficult to change. I provide a theoretical argument of why mating structures and family formation patterns are crucial to our understanding of unequal turnout and unequal political representation. In three different research papers, I study the relationship between mating and political inequality between socioeconomic groups as well as mating and political inequality based on gender. The results show that mating structures are a key aspect when explaining why political inequality is persistent in many democracies. I conclude that mating cannot be overlooked when seeking answers to why political inequalities are difficult to change.
Parts of work
Frödin Gruneau, M. (2018). Reconsidering the partner effect on voting. Electoral Studies, 53:48–56. ::DOI::https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2018.03.003Frödin Gruneau, M. (2020). Assortative mating and turnout: A self-reinforcing pattern of unequal voting participation. European Political Science Review, 12(2):1–17. ::DOI::https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773920000016Frödin Gruneau, M. (2020). Persistence of social norms, family formation, and gender balance in politics. Unpublished Manuscript.
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
Department of Political Science ; Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
Fredagen den 11 september 2020, kl. 13.15 i Sappören, Spränkullsgatan 25, Göteborg
Date of defence
Frödin Gruneau, Moa
Göteborg Studies in Politics