Women in Politics, Public Pensions and Voter Turnout with Sarah Anzia -- In the Living Room with Henry E. Brady -- UC Public Policy Channel

5/8/2017; 27 minutes

Women who are elected to Congress perform better, on average, than their male counterparts, according to research conducted by political scientist Sarah Anzia of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. They secure more federal funding for their districts, sponsor or co-sponsor more legislation and are seen as more collaborative with fellow members. But why are there so few in Congress? In many cases, it's just about being asked. Anzia's analysis shows that women are more likely to take the leap if they are encouraged to become candidates. In this conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, Anzia also explains the politics of pension benefits (no one likes to vote against proposed increases) and the impact on voter turnout in off-cycle elections.
Recorded on 03/30/2017.

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