How Voters Evaluate Candidates with Disabilities: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment

Title
How Voters Evaluate Candidates with Disabilities: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Stefanie Reher # University of Strathclyde; Introduced by: Jan Eichhorn # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
9th Dec 2019 13:00 - 9th Dec 2019 14:15
Location
Violet Laidlaw Room (6.02), 6th floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/q-step/community/events/research_seminars/2019/how_voters_evaluate_candidates_with_disabilities_evidence_from_a_conjoint_experiment

When choosing between election candidates, voters use not only candidates’ expressed political beliefs and policy positions to evaluate them but also a variety of other characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, or social class. Meanwhile, we do not know how voters perceive disabled candidates, despite the fact that the 1 in 5 people who are disabled frequently face stigma and discrimination in our societies. In this seminar, Stefanie Reher from the University of Strathclyde will explain her use of survey experiments to explore how candidate disability affects voters’ perceptions of their personality traits, competences and policy preferences. A conjoint design allows her to separate the effects of disability from those of other characteristics, comparing the sizes of the effects, and analysing how different characteristics interact with each other.  

This seminar will take place on 9th December from 1pm in the Violet Laidlaw Room (6.02) on the sixth floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building.

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