Women in Contemporary Politics

Women in Contemporary Politics

By: Wendy Stokes (author)Paperback

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This innovative textbook provides students with a lively and wide-ranging introduction to the roles and achievements of women in contemporary politics. Accessibly written for an undergraduate readership, the book addresses both theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding women's participation in politics as candidates, party members, elected representatives, cabinet ministers and leaders. It focuses on the presence of women in formal political institutions across a broad range of countries, including the UK, France, Norway, Germany, Russia, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India, to demonstrate that women are, at last, beginning to exert pressure on political affairs by behaving differently from men. The book is divided into sections, each of which focuses on a different area of political activity - for example, the development of women's political activism and feminist engagement with political theory; voting and elections; political parties and the specifics of women's partisanship; parliaments; local and international government. Each chapter contains a concise introduction outlining the core issues for discussion, a concluding summary of key points and an annotated guide to further reading. Women in Contemporary Politics will be an invaluable resource for all students of politics and international relations. It is the only book of its kind to offer such a comprehensive and up-to-date exploration of the theory and practice of politics from the female perspective.

About Author

Wendy Stokes is Associate Professor of Politics at Richmond, The American International University in London.


List of Tables, p. vi Acknowledgements, p. viii Introduction, p. 1 Part 1, p. 20 1. Feminist Theory and Women's Political Activism, p. 21 2. Applying the Theory, p. 49 Part 2, p. 72 3. Voting and Elections: Background Information, p. 73 4. Getting and Using the Vote , p. 84 5. Women and Elections, p. 117 6. Quotas for Women in Parties and Parliaments, p. 152 Part 3 , p. 184 7. Political Parties: Background Information, p. 185 8. Women in Political Parties in the United Kingdom, p. 194 9. Political Parties Outside the United Kingdom, p. 222 10. Women's Parties, p. 253 Part 4, p. 275 11. Parliaments and Governments, p. 276 12. Women in Elected Assemblies in the United Kingdom, p. 286 13. Women in Elected Assemblies Outside the United Kingdom, p. 308 Part 5 , p. 344 14. Women in Sub-National Government, p. 345 15. Women in Local Government in the United Kingdom, p. 353 16. Women in Sub-National Government Outside the United Kingdom, p. 382 Part 6, p. 409 17. Women and the European Union, p. 410 18. Women and the United Nations, p. 436 Conclusion, p. 455 Notes, p. 459 Bibliography, p. 468 Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780745624990
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780745624990
  • weight: 510
  • ISBN10: 0745624995

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