Evaluating the impact of state variation on gender and race through campaign finance

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dc.contributor Borrelli, Stephen
dc.contributor Cassel, Carol A.
dc.contributor McKnight, Utz Lars
dc.contributor Patton, Dana J.
dc.contributor.advisor Fording, Richard C.
dc.contributor.author Sojka, Laura Merrifield
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:00:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:00:28Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001536
dc.identifier.other Sojka_alatus_0004D_11912
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1993
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract In spite of the increasing campaign finance legislation aimed at equalizing barriers in political campaigns, a fundraising gap persists across gender and race lines. In the era of modern campaigning, with the expenses of advertising and polling, among others, ample funds are necessary but not universally accessible to all candidates. This dissertation addresses the relationship between the candidate's gender and race with campaign fundraising, and the possible mediating impact of three dimensions of the state political context - state legislative professionalism, state Republican party strength, and state culture (South vs. Non-south). I evaluated fundraising totals across 15 states for over 3,000 candidates in the 2006 state legislative elections. Ultimately, the findings suggest that after controlling for other candidate characteristics, as well as district and state context, there is a slightly negative relationship between gender though not statistically significant and a substantially negative relationship between race, which is statistically significant. It demonstrates that, with other mitigating factors controlled, female candidates fundraise slightly less and non-white candidates fundraise much less than their counterparts. In addition, there appears to be notable variation in the effect of gender/race on legislative professionalization and the Southern states in relation to the fundraising gap. This study finds that candidates from underrepresented groups continue to fundraise less than their white, male counterparts and that state variation is important in understanding the gender/race gap in campaign finance.
dc.format.extent 147 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Political Science
dc.title Evaluating the impact of state variation on gender and race through campaign finance
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Political Science
etdms.degree.discipline Political Science
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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