Women, Gender, and Politics A Reader

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Women, Gender, and Politics brings together both classic and recent readings on central topics in the study of gender and politics, and places an emphasis on comparing developed and developing countries. Genuinely international in its focus, the book is divided into six sections to reflect the range of research in the subfield: (1) women and social movements, (2) women and political parties, (3) women, gender, and elections, (4) women, gender, and political representation, (5) women, gender, and social policies, and (6) women, gender, and the state. Each section serves as an introduction to general trends in thinking about women and politics, and the readings capture the ways that research has developed both thematically and chronologically in all of the six broad areas. The volume's innovative design, global approach, and comprehensive coverage make it an ideal teaching book and a valuable resource for students and scholars throughout the world.

Author Biography

Mona Krook is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Washington University.
Sarah Childs is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

Women, Gender, and Politics: An Introductionp. 3
Women and Social Movements
Mobilization without Emancipation? Women's Interests, the State, and Revolution in Nicaraguap. 21
Beyond Compare? Women's Movements in Comparative Perspectivep. 29
Women's Movements and Democratic Transition in Chile, Brazil East Germany, and Polandp. 37
Protest Moves inside Institutionsp. 47
Do Interest Groups Represent the Disadvantaged? Advocacy at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Genderp. 55
Translating the Global: Effects of Transnational Organizing on Local Feminist Discourses and Practices in Latin Americap. 63
Cross-Regional Trends in Female Terrorismp. 71
Women and Political Parties
The Dynamics of Gender and Partyp. 81
Theorizing Feminist Strategy and Party Responsivenessp. 87
Building a Base: Women in Local Party Politicsp. 89
Women's Political Representation in Sweden: Discursive Politics and Institutional Presencep. 97
The Problem with Patronage: Constraints on Women's Political Effectiveness in Ugandap. 107
Feminist Political Organization in Iceland: Some Reflections on the Experience of Kwenna Frambothidp. 117
Women, Gender, and Elections
The Developmental Theory of the Gender Gap: Women's and Men's Voting Behavior in Global Perspectivep. 127
Puzzles in Political Recruitmentp. 135
Entering the Arena? Gender and the Decision to Run for Officep. 141
Party Elites and Women Candidates: The Shape of Biasp. 151
Women's Representation in Parliament: The Role of Political Partiesp. 159
Explaining Women's Legislative Representation in Sub-Saharan Africap. 167
Quotas as a "Fast Track" to Equal Representation for Women: Why Scandinavia Is No Longer the Modelp. 175
Women, Gender, and Political Representation
Quotas for Womenp. 185
Representation and Social Perspectivep. 193
Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent "Yes"p. 201
Preferable Descriptive Representatives: Will Just Any Woman, Black, or Latino Do?p. 215
From a Small to a Large Minority: Women in Scandinavian Politicsp. 225
Beyond Bodies: Institutional Sources of Representation for Women in Democratic Policymakingp. 231
Women, Gender, and Social Policies
Sex, Gender and Leadership in the Representation of Womenp. 243
Congressional Enactments of Race-Gender: Toward a Theory of Raced-Gendered Institutionsp. 251
Taking Problems Apartp. 263
Sex and the State in Latin Americap. 267
Beyond the Difference versus Equality Policy Debate: Postsuffrage Feminism, Citizenship, and the Quest for a Feminist Welfare Statep. 277
Is Mainstreaming Transformative? Theorizing Mainstreaming in the Context of Diversity and Deliberationp. 283
Women, Gender, and the State
The Liberal Statep. 293
Gender and the State: Theories and Debatesp. 299
Gender in the Welfare Statep. 305
Interacting with the State: Feminist Strategies and Political Opportunitiesp. 313
Introduction to Comparitive State Feminismp. 319
State Feminism or Party Feminism? Feminist Politics and the Spanish Institute of Womenp. 327
When Power Relocates: Interactive Changes in Women's Movements and Statesp. 335
Creditsp. 347
Indexp. 351
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