The Influence of Term Limits on the Election of Women to State Legislatures

25 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 12 Mar 2016

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Stanley Caress

University of West Georgia

Todd Kunioka

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of the imposition of term limits on the number of women elected to state legislatures in the United States. It uses a multivariate regression model, which differs from earlier works by utilizing a pooled, time-series data set of state legislatures, from 1989-2007. This allows the use of a simple OLS multiple regression analysis on a data set with a large enough number of cases (n) to include numerous control variables while also increasing the likelihood of detecting statistically significant relationships between term limits and female representation.

This analysis reveals that geographic region (non-southern), state higher education attainment levels, and the level of professionalism of legislative bodies are the variables most associated with increased levels of female representation in state legislatures. While the correlation between term limits and female representation is less pronounced, this study’s findings suggest that term limits may accelerate the electoral success of women seeking state legislative office.

Keywords: term limits, state legislatures, state legislators

Suggested Citation

Caress, Stanley and Kunioka, Todd, The Influence of Term Limits on the Election of Women to State Legislatures (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1643534

Stanley Caress (Contact Author)

University of West Georgia ( email )

Department of Political Science
Carrollton, GA 30118-3030
United States

Todd Kunioka

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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