“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—Politics

Explaining the political representation of women—Politics

Just as there is a supply side of women, created by cultural traditions and social structure, there is a demand side. Political parties may have different levels of demand for female candidates and voters may or may not support those female candidates. In this chapter, we discuss various political factors that affect the demand for women as candidates and legislators.

Recall the political recruitment process discussed at the beginning of Chapter 4. Explanations focusing on political demand are concerned with the latter portion of Figure 4.1. Once women decide that they would like to run for office, they must also pass the two barriers at the end of the process: They must be selected as ...

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