Representation: The Case of Women

Paperback | June 18, 2014

EditorMaria C. Escobar-Lemmon, Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson

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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 acrosspolitical 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 andtranslating 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 descriptiverepresentation 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 aboutrepresentation of women and of other historically under-represented groups. Chapters include cases from the United States, Latin America, Western Europe and Africa.

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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 acrosspolitical groups, it is not always realized in any s...

Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas AandM University. Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson is Professor of Political Science and affiliated faculty in Women's and Gender Studies at Texas AandM University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson: Dilemmas in the Meaning and Measurement of RepresentationPart I: Theoretical Aspects of Studying Representation2. Karen Beckwith: Plotting the Path from One to the Other: Women's Interests and Political Representation3. Ange-Marie Hancock: Intersectional Representation or Representing Intersectionality? Reshaping Empirical Analysis of Intersectionality4. Drude Dahlerup: Representing Women: Defining Substantive Representation of WomenPart II: Representation: Gaining Presence in Politics5. Richard Matland and Emelie Lilliefeldt: The Effect of Preferential Voting on Women's Representation6. Valerie Hoekstra, Miki Kittilson and Elizabeth Andrews: Gender, High Courts and Ideas about Representation in Western Europe7. Mala Htun: Political Inclusion and Representation of Afrodescendant Women in Latin AmericaPart III: Representation: Securing Women's Interests in Policy8. Alice Kang: How Civil Society Represents Women: Feminists, Catholics, and Mobilization Strategies in Africa9. Michele Swers: Unpacking Women's Issues: Gender and Policymaking on Health Care, Education, and Women's Health in the U.S. Senate10. Beth Reingold and Kerry Haynie: Representing Women's Interests and Intersections of Gender, Race and Ethnicity in U.S. State Legislatures11. Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon, Leslie Schwindt-Bayer and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson: Representing Women: Empirical Insights from Legislatures and Cabinets in Latin AmericaPart IV: Representation: Women and Beyond12. Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson: Does Presence Produce Representation of Interests?ReferencesIndex