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Description - Women, Politics, and Power by Pamela Marie Paxton

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 womenA s political representation across a wide range of countries and regions, addressing both womenA s parliamentary representation and womenA s 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 womenA s political strength across diverse countries. It also reviews and evaluates contemporary debates on why and how womenA s 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 womenA s 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 womenA s political power from around the world. aa

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412927420
ISBN-10: 1412927420
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Pine Forge
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Pamela Marie Paxton

Pamela Paxton is Professor of Sociology and Government and Christine and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. 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 has taught at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Training Program in Advanced Statistical Techniques and has consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She is the author of articles and books on prosocial behavior, women in politics, and quantitative methodology. She lives with her husband, Paul von Hippel, in Austin, Texas. 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 master's thesis investigating new explanations for women's parliamentary representation in developing countries. She has also researched the lasting impact of colonialism on women'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.