Journal of Undergraduate Research


recruitment, mobilization experiment, caucus meeting dynamics


Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Political Science


Studies on political recruitment have increased over the past few years, and specifically that of female recruitment in regards to political candidacy. Studies have shown strong evidence that recruitment increases participation, both in activism and candidacy. However, much of this work focuses on the effects of recruitment among a pool of subjects who are already more likely to run than the average citizen. What is unclear is whether recruitment deepens the pool of potential candidates or simply triggers those who are already in the pool to run. In this paper, I argue that political recruitment does not increase the number of newly-interested candidates but rather motivates existing candidates to run for higher leadership offices.