The book is divided into sections, each of which focuses on a different area of political activity for example, the development of women's political activism and feminist engagement with political theory; voting and elections; political parties and the specifics of women's partisanship; parliaments; local and international government. Each chapter contains a concise introduction outlining the core issues for discussion, a concluding summary of key points and an annotated guide to further reading.
Women in Contemporary Politics will be an invaluable resource for all students of politics and international relations. It is the only book of its kind to offer such a comprehensive and up–to–date exploration of the theory and practice of politics from the female perspective.
Acknowledgements, p. viii
Part 1, p
1. Feminist Theory and Women's Political Activism, p
2. Applying the Theory, p
Part 2, p
3. Voting and Elections: Background Information, p
4. Getting and Using the Vote , p
5. Women and Elections, p
6. Quotas for Women in Parties and Parliaments, p
Part 3 , p
7. Political Parties: Background Information, p
8. Women in Political Parties in the United Kingdom, p
9. Political Parties Outside the United Kingdom, p
10. Women's Parties, p
Part 4, p
11. Parliaments and Governments, p
12. Women in Elected Assemblies in the United Kingdom, p
13. Women in Elected Assemblies Outside the United Kingdom, p
Part 5 , p
14. Women in Sub–National Government, p
15. Women in Local Government in the United Kingdom, p
16. Women in Sub–National Government Outside the United Kingdom, p
Part 6, p
17. Women and the European Union, p
18. Women and the United Nations, p
Bibliography, p. 468
Times Higher Education Supplement.
"This excellent and much needed book provides a wealth of information about women's political behaviour and experiences. It challenges both the neglect of women in mainstream politics texts and women's actual absences from positions of political power. It will be an invaluable resource for politics courses which already study women; it should be compulsory reading for lecturers on those which currently don't.".
Valerie Bryson, University of Huddersfield.
"This clearly written, broad–ranging and accessible book offers a comprehensive account of the burning issues facing women in contemporary politics. Covering local, national and international arenas, Wendy Stokes provides well–selected and up–to–date data on women s role in political parties, parliament, governments and international organizations. This will be an invaluable core textbook for all students of women and politics."Judith Squires, University of Bristol