Women, Politics, and Power : A Global Perspective

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  • Copyright: 2007-03-06
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women's political representation across a wide range of countries and regions. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, authors Pamela Paxton and Melanie Hughes document both historical trends and the contemporary state of women's political strength across diverse countries. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women's political power from around the world. Key Features   Contains case studies from all over the world : Examples of women's political power are provided from various countries and regions. Includes the latest information available on women in politics : The newest thinking in the field is presented including discussions of gender quotas, international influences, and women and war. Provides numerous visual descriptives : Charts, maps, and tables give visual overviews of the substantial variation in women's access to political power around the world, the growth in women's political power over time, and the causes of women's political representation. Offers a multidisciplinary perspective : Theories and approaches are drawn from political science, sociology, women's studies, and comparative studies. Situates the United States in comparative perspective : Looking at the world as a whole helps to illustrate that the U.S. is just in the "middle of the pack" in terms of women's political representation. Intended Audience    This book is a perfect core or supplementary text for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses such as Women and Politics; Women and Political Leadership; Gender and Power; Political Sociology; and Sociology of Women in the departments of sociology, political science, women's studies, and international relations.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Maps About the Authors
Introduction to Women in Politics
Arguments for Women's Representation in Politics
A Brief Overview of Women's Participation in Politics
Orienting Theories
Women's Struggle for the Vote: The History of Women's Suffrage
Suffrage in the United States
Suffrage Movements Outside the United States
The International Women's Movement
Women's Suffrage After 1945
Women Struggle for Representation: Accessing Positions of Power
First Female Members of Parliament
Women Access Parliaments: Patterns of Representation
Women in Top Leadership Positions
Women in Cabinet Positions
Explaining the Political Representation of Women - Culture and Social Structure
Beliefs Have Consequences: Culture
But Who Will Run? Social Structure
Explaining the Political Representation of Women - Politics
Electoral Systems
Characteristics of Political Parties
From Candidate to Legislator
Explaining the Political Representation of Women: Overarching Factors
Armed Conflict: Devastation Yet Hope?
International Influences
Do Women Make a Difference?
Thinking Differently: Women's Views on Women and Their Policy Priorities
Acting Differently: Women's Voting Patterns and Bill Sponsorship
Acting Successfully: Women's Legislative Effectiveness
Legislating Differently: Women's Legislative Style
Do Numbers Matter? Critical Mass and Women's Impact
Women's Movements and Women's Policy Machinery as Alternate Sources of Influence
In Summary: What Do We Know?
All Regions Are Not Created Equal
The Geography of Women in Politics
Western Industrialized Countries
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Sub-Saharan Africa
Asia and the Pacific Islands
Middle East and North Africa
Middle of the Pack: Women and Politics in the United States
Women in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives: Growing Slowly
Women in the States
Women and the American Presidency
Donkeys and Elephants: The Influence of Political Parties
The Rise and Fall of the Equal Rights Amendment
Gender Gaps in American Politics
International Comparisons
Where Do We Go From Here? And How Do We Get There?
Where Are We Now?
Where Are We Going?
How Do We Get There?
In Conclusion: What Would a 50/50 World Look Like?
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