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Women, Politics, and Power

Women, Politics, and Power
A Global Perspective

Third Edition
  • Pamela Paxton - University of Texas-Austin, USA, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Melanie M. Hughes - University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, USA

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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