The impact of political trajectories on voting

A study of female candidates for a state legislature in Brazil


  • Larissa Peixoto Vale Gomes Federal University of Minas Gerais



Brazil, campaign finance, political trajectories, women


The following article uses a section from the survey Female presence in legislative spaces: a study of the 2010 elections for the State Assembly of Minas Gerais to see if those candidates’ political trajectories differ from men’s, and what were the variables with the most impact over voting. Political background has been accepted as an important factor on the amount of resources raised and votes received. This is discussed considering how this can affect newcomers, such as women. The data is comprised of a survey and financial disclosure and a linear regression was conducted to assess the impact of each variable. The article concludes that the women surveyed followed similar trajectories as men and corroborates the current knowledge that the variable with most impact is having held elective office. This can only be indicated, given the overall impact the financial variable and how it overshadowed the role of other variables.

Author Biography

Larissa Peixoto Vale Gomes, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Larissa Peixoto Vale Gomes, 29, has recently started in the PhD programme of the Federal University of Minas Gerais’ Political Science Department. She holds a Master’s in Political Science and a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences from the same institution. Her interests are gender studies, electoral reform and legislative studies. She worked, between 2013 and 2014, as a research associate at the João Pinheiro Foundation in Minas Gerais, taking part in several studies on public security.




How to Cite

Vale Gomes, L. P. (2015). The impact of political trajectories on voting: A study of female candidates for a state legislature in Brazil. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 28, 5–26.