Competence and Electability: Exploring the Limitations on Female Candidates in Qatar

Bethany Shockley

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Attitudes about women’s expertise can play a role in limiting their access to influential public spaces, including elected government positions. In the Arab Gulf, women remain underrepresented in electoral politics. This research seeks to answer two important questions. Does this underrepresentation stem from the belief that women will govern incompetently? Or are they viewed as less electable? A field experiment is used to investigate the attitudes of young adults in Qatar. It finds bias against the women candidate exists for both competence and electability among some subsamples of students, including female, liberal, and advanced students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-489
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Women, Politics & Policy
Issue number4
Early online date28 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Gender
  • Qatar
  • candidate
  • candidate evaluation
  • elections
  • field experiment
  • gender attitudes
  • gender issues
  • local government
  • women in politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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