“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.

Explaining the Political Representation of Women—Social Structure

Explaining the political representation of women—Social structure

It is clear from the previous chapter that ideas, beliefs, and attitudes toward women in politics may constrain the number of women who run for public office. However, it is also important to consider how a country's social structure affects women's political participation and the supply of potential female politicians. It seems logical that when the structures of a society treat men and women more equally, women will be more able to compete against men for power. According to structural perspectives, the family, education system, labor force, and other societal structures can be configured in ways that prevent women from gaining the skills necessary to participate in politics or compete against men ...

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