“Paxton and Hughes provide the most comprehensive coverage yet attempted of women's increasing role in electoral politics across the globe. Women, Politics, and Power should be a valuable contribution to courses in political sociology and globalization as well as gendered courses in politics.”


Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women's political participation and 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. In addition to describing worldwide themes, the book acknowledges differences among women through attention to intersectionality and heterogeneity among women. Dedicated chapters on six geographic regions highlight the distinct paths women may take to political power in different parts of the world. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women's political power around the world.

Regions: The West and the United States

Regions: The West and the United States

In the first section of the book, we identified a number of factors and general processes that influence women's political power across the world. But though it is important to understand the big picture, one must also recognize that there is substantial regional variation in both the nature of the obstacles faced by women and the avenues open to women to pursue political inclusion. In parts of the Middle East and the Pacific Islands, women continue to struggle for even the most minimal levels of political representation whereas in Scandinavia women are close to closing the gender gap in political power. Although we cannot delve deeply into the specifics of women's political ...

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