Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-16
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This second edition of Gender and Elections offers a systematic, lively, multifaceted account of the role of gender in the American electoral process through the 2008 elections. Timely yet enduring, the book strikes a balance between highlighting the most important recent developments for women as voters and candidates and providing a more long-term, in-depth analysis of the ways in which gender shapes the U.S. electoral process. Individual chapters demonstrate the importance of gender in understanding and interpreting presidential elections, voter participation and turnout, voting choices, congressional elections, the participation of African American women, the support of political parties and women's organizations, candidate communications with voters, and state elections. Without question, Gender and Elections, Second Edition, is the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the role of gender in American electoral politics. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Susan J. Carroll is Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studios at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She is the author of Women as Candidates in American Politics (Second Edition, 1994) and editor of The Impact of Women in Public Office (2001) and Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (2003). Richard L. Fox is Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. His research examines how gender affects voting behavior, state executive elections, congressional elections, and political ambition. He is the author of Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections (1997) and co-author of Tabloid Justice: The Criminal Justice System in the Age of Media Frenzy (2001). He is also co-author (with Jennifer Lawless) of It Still Takes a candidate: Why Women Dont Run for Office, Revised and Expanded Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Text Boxes, and Photosp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Introduction: Gender and Electoral Politics in the Early Twenty-First Centuryp. 1
Presidential Elections: Gendered Space and the Case of 2008p. 13
The 2008 Candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin: Cracking the ˘Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling÷p. 44
Voter Participation and Turnout: Female Star Power Attracts Women Votersp. 78
Voting Choices: The Politics of the Gender Gapp. 117
Latinas and Electoral Politics: MovinĂon Upp. 144
African American Women and Electoral Politics: A Challenge to the Post-Race Rhetoric of the Obama Momentp. 165
Congressional Elections: Women's Candidacies and the Road to Gender Parityp. 187
Political Parties and Women's Organizations: Bringing Women into the Electoral Arenap. 210
Advertising, Web Sites, and Media Coverage: Gender arid Communication along the Campaign Trailp. 239
State Elections: Why Do Women Fare Differently across States?p. 263
Indexp. 287
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