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

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Overview

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

From the Publisher
"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
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan J. Carroll is Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She is the author of Women as Candidates in American Politics, 2nd edition (1994); co-author (with Kira Sanbonmatsu) of More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures (2013); and editor of The Impact of Women in Public Office (2001) and Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (2003).

Richard L. Fox is Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. His research examines how gender affects voting behavior, state executive elections, congressional elections, and political ambition. He is the author of Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections (1997) and coauthor of Tabloid Justice: The Criminal Justice System in the Age of Media Frenzy, 2nd edition (2007). He is also coauthor, with Jennifer Lawless, of It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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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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