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Gender and Elections
Shaping the Future of American Politics

3rd Edition

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Susan J. Carroll, Richard L. Fox, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, Kelly Dittmar, Susan A. MacManus, Anna Sampaio, Wendy G. Smooth, Barbara Burrell, Dianne Bystrom, Kira Sanbonmatsu
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107611610

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  • The third edition of Gender and Elections offers a systematic, lively, and multifaceted account of the role of gender in the electoral process through the 2012 elections. This timely yet enduring volume strikes a balance between highlighting the most important developments for women as voters and candidates in the 2012 elections and providing a more long-term, in-depth analysis of the ways that gender has helped shape the contours and outcomes of electoral politics in the United States. Individual chapters demonstrate the importance of gender in understanding and interpreting presidential elections, presidential and vice-presidential candidacies, voter participation and turnout, voting choices, congressional elections, the political involvement of Latinas, the participation of African American women, the support of political parties and women's organizations, candidate communications with voters, and state elections. Without question, Gender and Elections is the most comprehensive, reliable, and trustworthy resource on the role of gender in U.S. electoral politics.

    • The only up-to-date, comprehensive overview of the role of gender in US elections
    • Written in language accessible to students, journalists, practitioners, activists
    • Essays by leading academic experts on women's involvement in electoral politics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Gender and Elections, 3rd edition is a terrific book. It presents the latest analysis of the gendered aspects of American elections with a specific focus on the experiences of women candidates. Covering a range of essential topics, the volume presents the perspectives of a slate of top scholars in a timely and accessible form. Acknowledging the diversity between and among women, this book gives us a sense of women’s political history and their future opportunities."
    Kathleen Dolan, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

    "Thoroughly updated, the new edition of Carroll and Fox’s book contains an accessible combination of the latest political science theorizing on women’s position on the American political scene and the very latest data looking at women’s participation as voters, candidates, and even as possible presidents."
    Richard Matland, Helen Houlahan Rigali Chair in Political Science, Loyola University Chicago

    "American politics cannot be understood without attention to the role of gender in electoral dynamics. Women’s influence in U.S. elections continues to expand - as voters, candidates, and officeholders. Though still facing obstacles in their path to electoral success, women are transforming American politics, even in their pursuit of the elusive office of the presidency. This volume captures the evolving role of gender through detailed analysis of the 2012 election in relation to previous elections. Timely analysis of the impact of gender, in combination with race, ethnicity, and generation, offers special insights into newly emergent electoral coalitions likely to persist in the midst of demographic change."
    Christine Marie Sierra, University of New Mexico

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107611610
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: gender and electoral politics in the twenty-first century Susan J. Carroll and Richard L. Fox
    1. Presidential elections: gendered space and the case of 2012 Georgia Duerst-Lahti
    2. Cracking the 'highest, hardest glass ceiling': women as presidential and vice presidential contenders Kelly Dittmar and Susan J. Carroll
    3. Voter participation: the political generational divide among women voters Susan A. MacManus
    4. Voting choices: how and why the gender gap matters Susan J. Carroll
    5. Latinas and electoral politics: expanding participation and power in state and national elections Anna Sampaio
    6. African American women and electoral politics: translating voting power into office-holding Wendy G. Smooth
    7. Congressional elections: women's candidacies and the road to gender parity Richard L. Fox
    8. Political parties and women's organizations: bringing women into the electoral arena Barbara Burrell
    9. Advertising, web sites, and media coverage: gender and communication along the campaign trail Dianne Bystrom
    10. Women's election to office in the fifty states: opportunities and challenges Kira Sanbonmatsu.

  • Editors

    Susan J. Carroll, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
    Susan J. Carroll is Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She is the author of Women as Candidates in American Politics, 2nd edition (1994); co-author (with Kira Sanbonmatsu) of More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures (2013); and editor of The Impact of Women in Public Office (2001) and Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (2003).

    Richard L. Fox, Loyola Marymount University, California
    Richard L. Fox is Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. His research examines how gender affects voting behavior, state executive elections, congressional elections, and political ambition. He is the author of Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections (1997) and coauthor of Tabloid Justice: The Criminal Justice System in the Age of Media Frenzy, 2nd edition (2007). He is also coauthor, with Jennifer Lawless, of It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2010).


    Susan J. Carroll, Richard L. Fox, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, Kelly Dittmar, Susan A. MacManus, Anna Sampaio, Wendy G. Smooth, Barbara Burrell, Dianne Bystrom, Kira Sanbonmatsu

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