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 women's political representation, or does it fall behind other countries?
Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective, Third Edition answers these questions in the new edition of this essential global text on women in politics. Authors Pamela Paxton and Melanie M. Hughes provide a clear, comprehensive introduction to women's political representation across a wide range of countries and regions, addressing both women's parliamentary representation and women's ascendance to leadership positions. Readers will learn about cultural, structural, political, and international influences on women's access to political power, and about the difference women make once in political office. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, this book documents both historical trends and the contemporary state of women's political strength across diverse countries. It also reviews and evaluates contemporary debates on why and how women's access to political power varies across countries. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women's political power around the world.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
Incorporates important recent changes in women's political participation and representation, such as the election of new women presidents and prime ministers and the continued spread of gender quotas.
Expanded coverage of women's political participation, now includes women judges and women in local levels of governance.
Updated coverage of women's political representation in the Middle East and North Africa highlights events and issues since the Arab Spring.
Incorporates more than 100 new studies from the rapidly expanding field of gender and politics.
Includes an up-to-date discussion on gender quotas and their effects, including coverage of the trend towards Âparity quotas.
Six chapters cover women's political power in specific geographic regions with case studies from all over the world.
Includes the latest information available on women in politics; the newest thinking in the field is presented including discussions of gender quotas, intersectionality, and women in the Arab Spring.
Numerous descriptive features include charts, maps, and tables to 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 persistent obstacles to gender equality in politics.