Political Experience and the Intersection of Race and Gender

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 Last revised: 5 Nov 2013

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Tony Carey

University of North Texas

Mary Kate Lizotte

Birmingham-Southern College

Date Written: October 27, 2013


This study investigates whether the influence of prior experience varies depending on the racial and gender background of political candidates. To explore this topic, we employ two experiments with a 2 (Race: White and Black) X 2 (Gender: Male and Female) X 2 (Experience: Experienced and Inexperienced) factorial design. The second experiment presents the faux-candidates as having more experience than in the first experiment. Lastly, the analysis evaluates whether the influence of experience on candidate evaluations varies depending on the negative racial and gender attitudes of participants. Ultimately, the results reveal that citizens are more inclined to distinguish between white male candidates across different levels of political experience, while they evaluate black and/or female candidates similarly, regardless of experience. The evidence also suggests that participants with negative gender attitudes are less likely to evaluate female candidates differently across levels of political experience.

Keywords: race, gender, political experience, candidate evaluations

Suggested Citation

Carey, Tony E and Lizotte, Mary Kate, Political Experience and the Intersection of Race and Gender (October 27, 2013). 2014 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2345847

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Mary Kate Lizotte

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