Gender in Politics

  title={Gender in Politics},
  author={Pamela Paxton and Sheri Kunovich and Melanie M. Hughes},
  journal={Review of Sociology},
Women’s political participation and representation vary dramatically within and between countries. We selectively review the literature on gender in politics, focusing on women’s formal political participation. We discuss both traditional explanations for women’s political participation and representation, such as the supply of women and the demand for women, and newer explanations such as the role of international actors and gender quotas. We also ask whether women are distinctive—does having… 

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