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

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

by Susan J. Carroll
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900521734478
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Susan J. Carroll is professor of political science at Rutgers University and senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Most recently, she is co-author of More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to State Legislatures (with Kira Sanbonmatsu, 2013). Earlier books include Women as Candidates in American Politics (2nd edition, 1994); Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (2003); and The Impact of Women in Public Office (2001).

Richard L. Fox is professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, California. His research examines how gender affects voting behavior, state executive elections, congressional elections, and political ambition. Most recently he is co-author of Women, Men and US Politics: Ten Big Questions (2017). Other books include Running from Office: Why Young Americans are Turned Off to Politics (2015), and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (Cambridge, 2nd edition, 2010).

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Text Boxes, and Photos vii

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

Contributors xiii

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Index 287

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