In the latest contribution to the Democracy Papers, Christopher Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg analyze the gender dynamics of small groups that discuss political issues. Based on experimental research they conducted, in which they varied the gender composition and decision rules of the groups, the authors found that women’s views and the kinds of issues most pertinent to them were typically ignored when women were in the minority, and when group decisions were majoritarian rather than consensus-based. Karpowitz and Mendelberg consider how the microdynamics of small groups might relate to the large-scale inequalities that research has shown regarding political influence among different social groups.
Christopher F. Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg
Christopher F. Karpowitz is a professor of political science and codirector of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University. Tali Mendelberg is the John Work Garrett Professor of Politics and the director of the Program on Inequality at Princeton University. Together, they are the authors of multiple award-winning papers and of The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (Princeton University Press, 2014). In 2015, their book won the American Political Science Association’s Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in political psychology and its award for best book in experimental methods, as well as the International Society of Political Psychology’s David O. Sears Award for the best book published in the field of mass politics.