Left Unchecked: Political Hegemony in Political Science and the Flaws It Can Cause

Left Unchecked: Political Hegemony in Political Science and the Flaws It Can Cause

by L.J Zigerell, Illinois State University

This manuscript discusses consequences for political science research that can reasonably be attributed to political imbalance among political scientists, such as political science on the influence of gender attitudes on 2016 U.S. presidential election candidate preference investigating attitudes about only one gender. Broadening the focus to attitudes about both genders, the manuscript reports that, in data from the 2016 American National Election Studies Time Series Study, the denial-of-discrimination type of modern sexism was more frequently expressed among Hillary Clinton voters directed at men than among Donald Trump voters directed at women, suggesting that misandry might be an overlooked or understudied influence on candidate preference. The manuscript also discusses how policy preferences that better represent liberal sensibilities than conservative sensibilities are reflected in political science educational or promotional initiatives that exclude students based on students’ gender. The manuscript discusses mechanisms that political scientists can adopt to help avoid negative consequences of political imbalance, such as opening peer review for conditionally-accepted manuscripts to volunteers and replacing gender- and color-based lists of experts with an inclusive list that permits filtering by expert characteristic.

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