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Political Women and American Democracy


Christina Wolbrecht, Gretchen Ritter, Leonie Huddy, Erin Cassese, Mary-Kate Lizotte, Nancy Burns, Jane Junn, Nadia Brown, Lee Ann Banaszak, Kira Sanbonmatsu, Kathleen Dolan, Beth Reingold, Suzanne Dovi, Lisa Baldez, Karen Beckwith
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  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521886239


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  • What do we know about women, politics, and democracy in the United States? The last thirty years have witnessed a remarkable increase in women’s participation in American politics and an explosion of research on female political actors, and the transformations effected by them, during the same period. Political Women and American Democracy provides a critical synthesis of scholarly research by leading experts in the field. The collected essays examine women as citizens, voters, participants, movement activists, partisans, candidates, and legislators. The authors provide frameworks for understanding and organizing existing scholarship; focus on theoretical, methodological, and empirical debates; and map out productive directions for future research. As the only book to offer “state of the field” essays on women and gender in U.S. politics, Political Women and American Democracy will be an invaluable resource for scholars and students studying and conducting women and politics research.

    • Provides an overview and framework for understanding the state of research on women and politics
    • Critical synthesis of 30 years of scholarly political science literature on women, gender, and American politics
    • Places US research on women, gender and politics in comparative political context
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    “Thorough and insightful, this edited collection will benefit scholars at every level of expertise….Indeed, it brings to light the gendered nature of institutions and culture. In doing so, it sets the stage for rethinking the fairness of those things that are taken for granted as the ways a democracy ‘should’ work, and for establishing new standards against which traditions, old and new, should be measured….If the potential of Political Women and American Democracy is ultimately recognized, its influence will ultimately go beyond the gender and politics subfield, to shape the work of the broader U.S. politics field, inspiring scholars previously unaware of gender’s centrality to their own work to think in new ways.”
    Debra L. Dodson, Girl Scout Research Institute, Politics & Gender

    "...the book covers a refreshingly wide range of topics centered on a single broad and important question: "What do we know about women, politics, and democracy in the United States" (p. ix)?...[it contributes] greatly to the content of our knowledge in America politics."
    Perspectives on Politics, Ange-Marie Hancock, University of Southern California

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521886239
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: what we saw at the Revolution: women in American politics and political science Christina Wolbrecht
    2. Gender as a category of political analysis in American political development Gretchen Ritter
    3. Gender, public opinion, and political reasoning Leonie Huddy, Erin Cassese, and Mary-Kate Lizotte
    4. Gender in the aggregate, gender in the individual, gender and political action Nancy Burns
    5. What revolution? Incorporating intersectionality in women and politics Jane Junn and Nadia Brown
    6. Women's movements and women in movements: influencing American democracy from the 'outside'? Lee Ann Banaszak
    7. Representation by gender and parties Kira Sanbonmatsu
    8. Women as candidates in American politics: the continuing impact of sex and gender Kathleen Dolan
    9. Women as office holders: linking descriptive and substantive representation Beth Reingold
    10. Theorizing women's representation in the United States Suzanne Dovi
    11. Political women in comparative democracies: a primer for Americanists Lisa Baldez
    Conclusion: between participation and representation: political women and democracy in the United States Karen Beckwith.

  • Authors

    Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

    Karen Beckwith, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

    Lisa Baldez, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire


    Christina Wolbrecht, Gretchen Ritter, Leonie Huddy, Erin Cassese, Mary-Kate Lizotte, Nancy Burns, Jane Junn, Nadia Brown, Lee Ann Banaszak, Kira Sanbonmatsu, Kathleen Dolan, Beth Reingold, Suzanne Dovi, Lisa Baldez, Karen Beckwith

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