Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics / Edition 2

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This second edition of Gender and Elections offers a systematic, lively, multifaceted account of the role of gender in the American electoral process through the 2008 elections. Timely yet enduring, the book strikes a balance between highlighting the most important recent developments for women as voters and candidates and providing a more long-term, in-depth analysis of the ways in which gender shapes the U.S. electoral process. Individual chapters demonstrate the importance of gender in understanding and interpreting presidential elections, voter participation and turnout, voting choices, congressional elections, the participation of African American women, the support of political parties and women's organizations, candidate communications with voters, and state elections. Without question, Gender and Elections, Second Edition, is the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the role of gender in American electoral politics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Gender and Elections, 3rd edition is a terrific book. It presents the latest analysis of the gendered aspects of American elections with a specific focus on the experiences of women candidates. Covering a range of essential topics, the volume presents the perspectives of a slate of top scholars in a timely and accessible form. Acknowledging the diversity between and among women, this book gives us a sense of women’s political history and their future opportunities."
Kathleen Dolan, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

"Thoroughly updated, the new edition of Carroll and Fox’s book contains an accessible combination of the latest political science theorizing on women’s position on the American political scene and the very latest data looking at women’s participation as voters, candidates, and even as possible presidents."
Richard Matland, Helen Houlahan Rigali Chair in Political Science, Loyola University Chicago

"American politics cannot be understood without attention to the role of gender in electoral dynamics. Women’s influence in U.S. elections continues to expand - as voters, candidates, and officeholders. Though still facing obstacles in their path to electoral success, women are transforming American politics, even in their pursuit of the elusive office of the presidency. This volume captures the evolving role of gender through detailed analysis of the 2012 election in relation to previous elections. Timely analysis of the impact of gender, in combination with race, ethnicity, and generation, offers special insights into newly emergent electoral coalitions likely to persist in the midst of demographic change."
Christine Marie Sierra, University of New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521734479
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 960,281
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan J. Carroll is the author of Women as Candidates in American Politics (Indiana University Press, second edition, 1994) and editor of The Impact of Women in Public Office (Indiana 2001) and Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (Oxford 2003). She has published many journal articles and book chapters focusing on women candidates, voters, elected officials, and political appointees. An expert on women's participation in electoral politics, she is frequently called upon as a source for newspaper, radio, and television coverage of news stories pertaining to women and politics. She is a founder and former president of the Organized Section for Women and Politics Research of the American Political Science Association. Carroll received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and her B.A. in history from Miami University in Ohio.

Richard L. Fox received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an associate professor of political science at Union College. The majority of his research focuses on gender in the electoral process. He has studied the manner in which gender affects voting behavior, state executive elections, congressional elections, and political ambition. This body of research is based on a variety of data collection techniques, including mail surveys of potential candidates, city managers, and trial court judges. He is the author of Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections (Sage, 1997) and co-author of Tabloid Justice: The Criminal Justice System in the Age of Media Frenzy (Lynne Rienner, 2001). He is also co-author, with Jennifer Lawless of It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and articles appearing in The Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Psychology, PS, Women and Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Public Administration Review. He has also written numerous op-ed articles, some of which have appeared in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Text Boxes, and Photos

List of Tables

Introduction Gender and Electoral Politics in the Early Twenty-First Century Susan J. Carroll Carroll, Susan J. Richard L. Fox Fox, Richard L. 1

1 Presidential Elections: Gendered Space and the Case of 2008 Georgia Duerst-Lahti Duerst-Lahti, Georgia 13

2 The 2008 Candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin: Cracking the "Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling" Susan J. Carroll Carroll, Susan J. Kelly Dittmar Dittmar, Kelly 44

3 Voter Participation and Turnout: Female Star Power Attracts Women Voters Susan A. MacManus MacManus, Susan A. 78

4 Voting Choices: The Politics of the Gender Gap Susan J. Carroll Carroll, Susan J. 117

5 Latinas and Electoral Politics: Movin' on Up Christine Marie Sierra Sierra, Christine Marie 144

6 African American Women and Electoral Politics: A Challenge to the Post-Race Rhetoric of the Obama Moment Wendy G. Smooth Smooth, Wendy G. 165

7 Congressional Elections: Women's Candidacies and the Road to Gender Parity Richard L. Fox Fox, Richard L. 187

8 Political Parties and Women's Organizations: Bringing Women into the Electoral Arena Barbara Burrell Burrell, Barbara 210

9 Advertising, Web Sites, and Media Coverage: Gender and Communication along the Campaign Trail Dianne Bystrom Bystrom, Dianne 239

10 State Elections: Why Do Women Fare Differently across States? Kira Sanbonmatsu Sanbonmatsu, Kira 263

Index 287

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