Gender Patterns In Politics

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Voting Patterns: Race and Gender
Race, gender, and other minority groups play a key role in politics, significantly in Britain. Three specific chapters from Sex Lies and the Ballot Box: 50 things you need to know about the British Elections, shed light on the key roles of ethnic minority MPs, gender differences in voting, and ethnic group norms, which effectively illustrate the importance of these elements in political system in Britain.
Maria Sobolewska, author of the chapter titled “The British Obamas: Ethnic Minority MPs,” discusses the impact of the current ethnic representation in parliament on ethnic minority groups in Britain, cleverly comparing ethnic minority representation to Barack Obama, current President of the United States.
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According to Campbell, the average voter is a woman, even though men are just as likely to vote as women (187). Women appear less interested in politics than men, as they are more undecided closer to election day compared to men (187) and are less likely to pick a political attitude or opinion (188), but are still slightly more likely to turnout for election …show more content…
Thus, citizens of ethnic minorities that have been settled in Britain for years understand the dynamic, and their opinions can influence more recent immigrants to Britain that settle in their communities. Heath points out that “community norms and sentiments…may very well perpetuate” the newcomers beliefs of the political system, because these new immigrants are solely exposed to ideas and opinions of those they settle around (194). Therefore, because communities based on class are dwindling, and communities based on ethnicity are strengthening (195), political bias may eventually swing towards the Labour party, due to the strong support from ethnic

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