Gender gaps in the center versus the periphery: Evidence from the israeli elections

Nir Atmor, Chen Friedberg

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Recent evidence from industrialized countries shows that men and women tend to exhibit different voting preferences, with greater proportions of women favoring left-wing parties. This phenomenon, known as the 'modern gender gap', has been observed in recent Israeli elections as well. After discussing the history of the 'traditional gender gap', the article examines the gender gap in the 2013 and 2015 Israeli elections from a geographical and socio-economic perspective, using Israel National Election Studies (INES) data. We focus on two main hypotheses concerning these elections: first, that the gender gap in voting varies according to the geographic location of voters; second, that the modern gender gap affects voters residing in affluent localities. Our findings indicate that both hypotheses hold for the 2013 election but not for the 2015 election.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-113
Number of pages22
JournalIsrael Studies Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • 2013 and 2015 israeli elections
  • Center
  • Modern gender gap
  • Periphery
  • Traditional gender gap


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