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Representation: The Case of Women

edited by Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson
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Published
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9780199340101, 0199340102, 9780199340118, 0199340110
Summary
"While there is a vast literature on women's political interests, there is hardly any consensus about what constitutes "women's interests" or how scholars should approach studying them. Representation can occur in various venues or by various actors, but, due to power imbalances across political groups, it is not always realized in any substantive way. The essays in this book constitute a broad and geographically comparative move toward defining new and unified theoretical orientations to studying representation among women. Representation involves not only getting group members into government, but also articulating group interests and translating those interests into policy. Because competing groups have different policy preferences and act out of self-interest, representation of historically marginalized groups is a contentious, contingent process that is likely to ebb and flow. The book begins with a theoretical positioning of the meaning of women's interests, issues and preferences. It considers the need to add nuance to how we conceive of and study intersectionality and the dangers of stretching the meaning of substantive representation. It then looks at descriptive representation in political parties, high courts, and legislatures, as well as how definitions of "interest" affect who represents women in legislatures and social movements. The book concludes by suggesting testable propositions and avenues for future research to enhance understanding about representation of women and of other historically under-represented groups. Chapters include cases from the United States, Latin America, Western Europe and Africa"--
Contents
  • Chapter 1 : Dilemmas in the Meaning and Measurement of Representation / Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson
  • Part I: Representation: Theoretical Aspects
  • Chapter 2 : Plotting the Path from One to the Other: Women's Interests and Political Representation / Karen Beckwith
  • Chapter 3 : Intersectional Representation or Representing Intersectionality? Reshaping Empirical Analysis of Intersectionality / Ange-Marie Hancock
  • Chapter 4 : Representing Women: Defining Substantive Representation of Women / Drude Dahlerup
  • Part II: Representation: Gaining Presence in Politics
  • Chapter 5 : The Effect of Preferential Voting on Women's Representation / Richard E. Matland and Emelie Lilliefeldt
  • Chapter 6 : Gender, High Courts, and Ideas about Representation in Western Europe / Valerie Hoekstra, Miki Caul Kittilson, and Elizabeth Andrews Bond
  • Chapter 7 : Political Inclusion and Representation of Afrodescendant Women in Latin America / Mala Htun
  • Part III: Representation: Securing Women's Interests in Policy
  • Chapter 8 : How Civil Society Represents Women: Feminists, Catholics, and Mobilization Strategies in Africa / Alice J. Kang
  • Chapter 9 : Unpacking Women's Issues: Gender and Policymaking on Health Care, Education, and Women's Health in the US Senate / Michele L. Swers
  • Chapter 10 : Representing Women's Interests and Intersections of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in US State Legislatures / Beth Reingold and Kerry L. Haynie
  • Chapter 11 : Representing Women: Empirical Insights from Legislatures and Cabinets in Latin America / Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon, Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer, and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson
  • Part IV: Representation: Women and Beyond
  • Chapter 12 : Does Presence Produce Representation of Interests? / Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson.
Description
xi, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-271) and index.
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