"It Takes a Candidate offers new evidence and insight on central issues of political representation and democratic politics. Lawless and Fox have executed an important study of the root causes of why women are underrepresented among American officeholders. By investigating political ambition among individuals in feeder occupations, they advance our understanding with new theory and evidence. The book, moreover, is written in a thoroughly engaging and accessible manner and will appeal to anyone curious about patterns critical to the operation of American democracy." Walter J. Stone, University of California, Davis
Serving as the first systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition, and based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition Study, a national survey conducted on almost 3,800 potential candidates, this looks at why women are less likely than men to demonstrate political ambition.