Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women's political participation and representation across all branches of government and a wide range of countries and regions. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, authors Pamela Paxton, Melanie M. Hughes, and Tiffany Barnes document both historical trends and the contemporary state of women's political strength across diverse countries. The text considers experiences of women from a range of marginalized groups, including racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; indigenous peoples; and those that face discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Readers will learn about cultural, structural, political, and international influences on women's access to political power, about the old and new barriers women continue to face like violence, and about the difference women make once in political office. Dedicated chapters on six geographic regions highlight distinct influences and patterns 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.
This is hands down the best textbook on women, gender, and politics from a global perspective. The book reflects the state-of-the-art literature in this area. It addresses key influences on women in politics: cultural, structural and institutional factors, in addition to historical, intersectional and international dimensions. Situating women in United States politics in a global perspective is an especially useful contribution.--Aili Tripp, University of Wisconsin-Madison This is a 'huge' book: its ambition and reach is global. In a burgeoning field of study, this textbook provides students with access to the latest conceptual debates and empirical studies. Its coverage does not come at the cost of sophisticated analysis nor accessibility and engagement. It is an inspiring account of what politics and gender scholars have produced over the last 30 years. In a discipline that is often accused of being Anglo-centric/global north, it provides access to research from across the globe. Considerable effort has been put into enabling the reader to easily to see what the book does, and in what order; the extensive contents page is superb. The two-part structure allows for discussion of generic theories and accounts of women's political participation and representation as well as, in its geographically distinct chapters discussion of regionally specific themes and debates. The authors are explicit in informing readers that whilst some countries and regions produce extensive and robust empirical data that in other places, there is frustratingly limited data. Where mixed findings are present in the literature, this is noted and not hidden. The details, facts and statistics are all here but more than this are the stories of women who have tried and failed as political actors; we hear their voices in their own words. The authors are always sensitive to variations in trajectories and do not shy away from complex, multi-causal explanations for patterns and outcomes. I very much admire its 'talk to the camera' signposting. Concepts are introduced and the authors then suggest how readers might use these lenses elsewhere in the book. Theories of power and gender are introduced in ways all readers can understand; the discussion of sex and gender is superb; and there is considerable and considered discussion of intersectionality and IS research, going beyond the 'trinity' of sex, race and class - including reflection on sexuality and transgender/queer/indigenous women and politics. Debates and developments at the cutting edge of gender and politics research - such as Feminist institutionalism, and violence against women in politics - are highlighted. In reflecting developments in the wider literature there is more detailed discussion of Hilary US Clinton's presidential campaign, the death of British MP Jo Cox, and the threat of populism, and the far right. It provides access in a single volume to huge range of conceptual debates and empirics about women, gender and politics, never dumbing down even as remains highly accessible to the reader new to this disciplinary area.--Sarah Childs, Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life, University of London