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The politics of the gender gap: the social construction of political influence

The politics of the gender gap: the social construction of political influence

Mueller, Carol M

Using election studies, media analysis, economics, history, sociology and policy studies, The Politics of the Gender Gap presents state-of-the-art empirical research on the emergence of women as a voting block. It reveals that although the gender gap is a social and political creation that is still ill-defined, its potential to influence politics is significant. The contributors explain the origins of the gender gap; its use by women's organizations, the media and political parties; and its implications for the election of women

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Newbury Park, Calif.; London: Sage, c1988

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Carol M. Mueller
ISBN: 0803927320, 0803927339, 9780803927322, 9780803927339
Note: Bibliography: p300-312.
Physical Description: 316p : tables ; 23 cm.
Series: Sage yearbooks in women's policy studies ; v. 12
Subject: Feminism United States.; Women Government policy United States.; UnitedStates Politics Participation of women; Women in politics United States.


  1. PART ONE: OVERVIEWThe Empowerment of Women
  2. Carol Mueller Polling and the Women's Voting BlocPART TWO: THE POLITICAL MOBILIZATION OF WOMENThe Gender Factor in the Changing Electorate
  3. Henry C KenskiThe Ballot Box Revolution
  4. Johanna S R Mendelson The Drive to Register WomenPART THREE: DISCOVERY AND DEFINITION OF THE `GENDER GAP'The Selling of the `Gender Gap'
  5. Kathy Bonk The Role of Organized FeminismThe Ferraro Factor
  6. Kathleen A Frankovic The Women's Movement, the Polls and the PressPress Portrayals of the Gender Gap
  7. Julio Borquez, Edie N Goldenberg and Kim Fridkin KahnPART FOUR: THE EMERGENCE OF WOMEN'S SPECIAL INTERESTSWomen's Claims as a Special Interest
  8. Anne N CostainWomen and the Welfare State
  9. Steve P Erie and Martin ReinSex Differences in Support for Government Spending
  10. Cynthia DeitchThe Gender Gap
  11. Pippa Norris A Cross-National Trend?PART FIVE: THE ELECTIONS OF THE EIGHTIESWomen's Autonomy and the Gender Gap
  12. Susan J Carroll 1980 and 1982Gender and the Vote
  13. Arthur Miller 1984PART SIX: THE OUTLOOKContinuity and Change in Women's Political Agenda
  14. Carol M Mueller