Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women’s political representation across a wide range of countries and regions. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, authors Pamela Paxton and Melanie Hughes document both historical trends and the contemporary state of women’s political strength across diverse countries. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women’s political power from around the world.

Explaining the Political Representation of Women—Overarching Factors

Explaining the political representation of women—overarching factors

In the previous two chapters, we distinguished two sets of factors that affect women's levels of political representation around the world. Supply factors increase the pool of women with the skills to run for political office, and demand factors make it more or less likely that women will be pulled into office from the supply of willing candidates.

But many explanations of women's representation in politics affect both supply and demand. For example, cultural factors simultaneously influence both the supply of and demand for women. On the supply side, cultural beliefs may influence women's decision to run for political office, regardless of their careers or level of education. For instance, a female politician ...

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