Women and Politics Worldwide

Women and Politics Worldwide

By: Najma Chowdhury (editor), Barbara J. Nelson (editor)Paperback

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To what extent do women participate in the decisions that shape the political and economic contours of the world? In what ways do women in different countries have different political goals? How should women mobilize for change? This important book-the first to analyze the complexities of women's political participation on a cross-national scale and from a feminist perspective-surveys forty-three countries, chosen to represent a variety of political systems, levels of economic development, and regions, in order to answer these questions. The research definitively demonstrates that in no country do women have political status, access, or influence equal to men's. The book begins by offering an expanded definition of political engagement; by elaborating on the patterns that emerge from the study; and by describing the methodology and data collection. The rest of the chapters focus on individual countries and follow a set format: they describe the political history and institutions in the country, summarize the organization of women's movements there, and analyze how groups of women articulate political demands and what responses they receive from their government or community. While the contexts of activism vary widely, the authors find that the issues that engage women politically are often similar across the globe: these include resistance to militarism, the desire to become equal partners in new democracies, and frustration about their lack of representation in programs for economic development.

About Author

Barbara J. Nelson is professor of public affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota and director of the Center on Woman and Public Policy. Najma Chowdhury is professor of political science at Dhaka University, Bangladesh, and the past president of Women for Women: A Research and Study Group.


Part 1: Redefining Politics: Patterns of Women's Political Engagement from a Global Perspective; Research, Design and Practice: Methodological Issues in Feminist Comparative Politics Research; Global Research on Women's Political Engagement: The History of the Women and Politics Worldwide Project; Measuring Women's Status, Portraying Women's Lives: Problems in Collecting Data on Women's Experiences. Part 2: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia (former), Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Turkey, U.S.S.R.(former), United States, Uruguay, Appendix.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780300054088
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 832
  • ID: 9780300054088
  • weight: 1451
  • ISBN10: 0300054084

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