Women, Politics, and Power A Global Perspective

ISBN-10: 1412927420

ISBN-13: 9781412927420

Edition: 2007

Authors: Pamela Paxton, Melanie M. Hughes

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Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective is the first comprehensive global text on women in politics. It provides a clear and detailed introduction to womens political representation across a wide range of countries and regions, addressing both womens parliamentary representation and womens ascendance to leadership positions as heads of state or cabinet ministers. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, the book documents both historical trends and the contemporary state of womens political strength across diverse countries. It also reviews and evaluates contemporary debates on why and how womens access to political power varies across countries. The facts and figures detailed in the book, combined with its synthesis of existing theory, help to answer questions such as: Why have women succeeded in obtaining political power in some countries and not in others? Why did some countries take decades to elect their first female member of parliament, while others had women in their first legislative meeting? Is America a leader in promoting womens political representation, or does it fall behind other countries? There is simply no other book that provides such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on womens political power from around the world.
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List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

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.

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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