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May 5, 2023
Dear Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) user community,
We are pleased to award the 2023 GESIS Klingemann Prize for the Best CSES Scholarship to “Can’t We All Just Get Along? How Women MPs Can Ameliorate Affective Polarization in Western Publics”, published in the American Political Science Review and authored by James Adams of the University of California, Davis; David Bracken of the University of California, Davis; Noam Gidron of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Will Horne of Georgia State University; Diana Z. O’Brien of Washington University in St. Louis; and Kaitlin Senk of Exeter University.
The current year’s Selection Committee was comprised of: Christina Eder of the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Germany (Chair), Irfan Nooruddin of Georgetown University in the United States, and Vicente Valentim of the University of Oxford in England. The Selection Committee described their selection of the winning work as follows:
“Can’t We All Just Get Along? How Women MPs Can Ameliorate Affective Polarization in Western Publics” puts forward a “women MP affective bonus hypothesis.” According to this hypothesis, individuals feel more warmly about outparties which have a higher proportion of female MPs. The empirical analyses use CSES data to calculate affective polarization measures, which are combined with an original dataset of womens’ presence in parties. They show support for the author’s theoretical expectation. This clearly written, rigorous paper makes a contribution to two of the most important literatures in contemporary political science: the literature on gender and politics, and the literature on affective polarization.
The CSES would like to thank the Selection Committee for their work and the many persons who nominated works for consideration. We furthermore thank the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences for their sponsorship and support of the prize since its establishment in 2011.
Adams, James; Bracken, David; Gidron, Noam; Horne, Will; O’Brien, Diana Z.; and Senk, Kaitlin (2022). Can’t We All Just Get Along? How Women MPs Can Ameliorate Affective Polarization in Western Publics. American Political Science Review, Volume 117, Issue 1, February 2023, pp. 318-324. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055422000491.