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ISBN-13: 9781349957033
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 06/24/2018
Series: Crossing Boundaries of Gender and Politics in the Global South
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author


Tomáš Došek is aPh.D. student in Political Science at the Institute of Political Science of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from theInstituto de Iberoamérica,University of Salamanca, Spain.


Flavia Freidenberg isPrincipal Researcher at the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Political and Social Science at the same university. She is Associate Editor of Politics and International Relations of Latin American Research Review (LARR).


Mariana Caminotti is Associate Professor of Political Science at theUniversidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina, and Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), at the Center for Federal and Electoral Studies of the School of Politics and Government of the same University.


Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian isDirector of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Organization of American States (OAS), and former Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (2011-2014). Muñoz-Pogossian holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida International University of Miami.

Table of Contents


1. Women, Politics, and Democracy in Latin America: An Introduction
Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Flavia Freidenberg, Mariana Caminotti and Tomáš Došek

Part One: Women’s Descriptive Representation: From Quotas to Parity


2. Electoral Quotas and Beyond: Strategies to Promote Women in Politics
Mona Lena Krook


3. Critical Challenges of Quotas and Parity in Latin America
Nélida Archenti and María Inés Tula


4. The Variation of Quota Designs and their Origins in Latin America (1991-2015)
Malu A. C. Gatto


Part Two: Women’s Substantive Representation and Policymaking


5. Challenging Gender Inequality within the State: Policy Agencies and Quota Laws in Latin America
Jennifer Piscopo and Gwynn Thomas


6. Organizational Repertoires for Advancing Women’s Rights: An Analysis of Structures, Groups and Policies in National Legislatures in Latin America and the Caribbean
Ana Laura Rodríguez Gustá and Nancy Madera


Part Three: Public Opinion, Gender Stereotypes and Social Media

7. Does Gender Make a Difference? The Gender Gap in Latin American Politics
Dinorah Azpuru


8. Presidentas Twitteras: The Social Media Use of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Dilma Rousseff
Yanina Welp and Saskia Ruth


Part Four: Promoting Women’s Political Participation: The Role of Domestic and International Institutions


9. Contributions of Electoral Justice to the Strengthening of Women’s Political Rights: The Case of Mexico in Comparative Perspective
María del Carmen Alanís Figueroa


10. Women in Elections: Identifying Obstacles and Strategies to Promote Electoral Competitiveness
Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian and Tyler Finn


11. Women and Politics in Colombia: Reforms, Advocacy and Other Actions led by International Development Agencies (2007-2014)
José Ricardo Puyana Valdivieso


12. Breaking Concrete, Glass and Cash Ceilings: Conclusions and Policy Recommendations from Scholars and Practitioners
Flavia Freidenberg, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Mariana Caminotti and Tomáš Došek

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“Women, Politics and Democracy offers a unique contribution to the fields of comparative politics and gender studies. More importantly, the volume will prove useful for practitioners, politicians and those who influence public policies that seek to promote gender equality. A rights-based approach informs the analysis putting women’s human rights at the heart of the public policy proposals offered in this volume. With both academic rigor and the wisdom of policy practice, the volume illustrates that institutional changes are not sufficient to guarantee the full exercise of women’s political rights, as voters, as party members and as candidates.” (Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States)

“What can explain the fact that in a continent where machismo, social inequality and femicides still exist, there is proportionally the greatest legislative representation of women in the world? This representation is such that the Americas is today the continent that leads the democratization process of political representation, including that of sexual diversity. A read-through the authors’ analysis and conclusions of “Women, Politics and Democracy” offer a critical and at the same time, coherent review of this reality. The volume puts the different pieces in the right places of an unfinished puzzle. The puzzle is not complete because the analysis does not pretend to give the full picture but trimmings of a regional outlook for women that confuses and fascinates at the same time.” (Line Bareiro, Researcher at the Regional Training Program on Gender and Public Policy – PRIGEPP (FLACSO Argentina) and former member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW))

“The editors have assembled an intellectually and geographically diverse team of stellar scholars who together deepen and extend existing lines of scholarly inquiry on the election, representation and participation of women in Latin America while simultaneously breaking new ground in the study of continuing barriers to, and opportunities for, greater gender equality in Latin America’s democracies.” (Mark P. Jones, Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, Rice University, USA)

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