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Women, Politics, and Power

Women, Politics, and Power
A Global Perspective

Third Edition

March 2016 | 520 pages | CQ Press
Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective, Third Edition provides a clear, detailed introduction to women’s political participation and representation across a wide range of countries and regions. Through broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, it documents both historical trends and the contemporary state of women’s political strength. Readers see the cultural, structural, political, and international influences on women’s access to political power, and the difference women make once in political office. The text acknowledges differences among women through attention to intersectionality and women from marginalized groups.
Chapter 1: 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  
Chapter 2: Women Struggle for the Vote
Social Movement Concepts  
Suffrage in the United States  
Women Gain the Vote: The Events Leading to the Passage of the 19th Amendment  
The International Women's Movement  
Women's Suffrage After 1945  
Women Exercising Their Vote  
Chapter 3: Women Struggle for Representation
First Women Members of Parliament  
Women Access Parliaments: Historical Patterns of Representation  
Women in Top Leadership Positions  
Women in Cabinet Positions  
Moving Up the Ladder: Women in Local Governance  
Chapter 4: 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  
Chapter 5: Explaining the Political Representation of Women--Social Structure
Civic Skills and Community Participation  
Economic Power  
Informal Networks  
Structural Arguments: The Evidence  
Chapter 6: Explaining the Political Representation of Women--Politics
Electoral Systems  
Characteristics of Political Parties  
From Candidate to Legislator  
Chapter 7: 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  
Chapter 8: 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  
Legislating Differently: Women's Legislative Style  
Do Numbers Matter? Critical Mass and Women's Impact  
Women's Movements and Women's Policy Machinery as Alternative Sources of Influence  
Winning Hearts and Minds: Symbolic Representation  
Chapter 9: Women from Marginalized Groups
Thinking Intersectionally  
Double Barriers  
Strategic Opportunities  
Acknowledging Differences  
Chapter 10: Regions: The West and the United States
The Geography of Women in Politics  
Western Industrialized Countries  
Middle of the Pack: The United States  
Chapter 11: Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The Fall of the Soviet Union: Women Fall Too  
Variation in Recovery  
Explaining Women's Political Power Since 1990  
Chapter 12: Latin America and the Caribbean
Legacies of Culture in Latin America  
Democratization and Women's Political Empowerment  
Gender Quotas  
Chapter 13: Middle East and North Africa
An Overview and Brief History of the Region  
Changes Come to Women of the Gulf Region  
Forces for Change in the Region  
Women and the Arab Spring  
Chapter 14: Asia and the Pacific
Cultural Obstacles  
Family Ties and Clientelism  
Gender Quotas in Local Politics  
The Political Representation of Women from Marginalized Groups  
Women in Afghanistan  
Chapter 15: Sub-Saharan Africa
One-Party Rule, Democracy and Democratization  
Women, Ethnicity, and Nationalism  
Armed Conflict: Devastation Yet Hope?  
Continuing Challenges  
Chapter 16: 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?  
Furthering Women's Position in the Social Structure  
Influencing Culture  
Disrupting Politics as Usual  
In Conclusion: What Would a 50/50 World Look Like?  

“This edition of Women, Politics, and Power is the best book that I have seen on the subject of women and politics.  Combining theory and data in a detailed yet very readable text, the authors show the progress that women have made in politics, where they stand now, and the obstacles remaining to full political equality for women, comparatively and globally.  It definitely warrants serious consideration by anyone teaching in this area.”

Stephen Robertson
Middle Tennessee State University

Women, Politics, and Power is a well-organized and clearly written text. Its multidisciplinary approach synthesizes research on women’s political power around the world, and its case studies provide valuable context and support.”

Miriam Levitt
University of Ottawa

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ISBN: 9781483376998