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Women, Politics, and Power A Global Perspective

ISBN-10: 1412998662
ISBN-13: 9781412998666
Edition: 2nd 2014
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Description: Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women’s political participation and representation across a wide range of countries and regions. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, authors  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women’s political participation and 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. In addition to describing worldwide themes, the book acknowledges differences among women through attention to intersectionality and heterogeneity among women. Dedicated chapters on six geographic regions highlight the distinct paths women may take to political power in different parts of the world. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women’s political power around the world.

Melanie M. Hughes is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Ohio State University. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a degree in Sociology and Government. After coming to Ohio State in 2002, she wrote a masterrsquo;s thesis investigating new explanations for womenrsquo;s parliamentary representation in developing countries. She has also researched the lasting impact of colonialism on womenrsquo;s parliamentary representation. She has won multiple university awards, has presented her work on women in politics at several conferences, and has a number of articles forthcoming in journals such as American Sociological Review and the Annual Review of Sociology. Currently, she is working on her dissertation, which looks at intersectionality through the representation of minority women in national legislatures around the world.

Pamela Paxton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Ohio State University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Economics and Sociology and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is affiliated with the Mershon Center for International Security, the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy, and has consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She is the author of numerous scholarly articles on women in politics focused on statistical models of women's parliamentary representation. Her research has appeared in a variety of journals, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Comparative Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and Studies in International Comparative Development. Her current work investigates women's inclusion into parliamentary bodies in over 150 countries from 1893 to 2003. She lives with her husband, Paul von Hippel, in Columbus, Ohio.

List of Figures, Tables, and Maps
About the Authors
Preface
Introduction to Women in Politics
Arguments for Women's Representation in Politics
A Brief Overview of Women's Participation in Politics
Orienting Theories
Overview of the Book
Women Struggle for the Vote: The History of Women's Suffrage
Social Movement Concepts
Suffrage in the United States
Suffrage Movements Outside the United States
The International Women's Movement
Women's Suffrage After 1945
Women Exercising Their Vote
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
A Woman's Place in History: Women in Political Philosophy
A Woman's Place Today: The Continuing Power of Culture
Culture and Women's Representation in Politics
Explaining the Political Representation of Women-Social Structure
Money
Time
Civic Skills and Community Participation
Education
Work
Economic Power
Informal Networks
Structural Arguments: The Evidence
Explaining the Political Representation of Women-Polities
Democracy
Electoral Systems
Characteristics of Political Parties
From Candidate to Legislator
Quotas
Moving Up the Ladder: Women in Local Governance
Putting It All Together: Democracy, Electoral Systems, and Quotas
Explaining the Political Representation of Women-International Factors
The International Women's Movement
Does It Make a Difference?
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
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
Women From Marginalized Groups
Thinking Intersectionally
Double Barriers
Strategic Opportunities
Acknowledging Differences
Regions: The West and the United States
The Geography of Women in Politics
Western Industrialized Countries
Middle of the Pack: The United States
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The Fall of the Soviet Union: Women Fall Too
Variation in Recovery
Explaining Women's Political Power Since 1990
Latin America and the Caribbean
Cultural Barriers to Women in Politics in Latin America
Democratization and Women's Political Empowerment
Gender Quotas
Middle East and North Africa
An Overview and Brief History of the Region
Changes Come to Women of the Arab Gulf
Gender Quotas
Women and the Arab Spring
Asia and the Pacific
East Asia
Southeast Asia
South Asia
Oceania
Sub-Saharan Africa
Colonialism
Women, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
Armed Conflict: Devastation Yet Hope?
Continuing Challenges
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?
References
Glossary
Index

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