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Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective (3rd Edition)
by Pamela Paxton and Melanie M. Hughes
"This edition of Women, Politics, and Power is the best book that I have seen on the subject of women and politics. Combining theory and data in a detailed yet very readable text, the authors show the progress that women have made in politics, where they stand now, and the obstacles remaining to full political equality for women, comparatively and globally. It definitely warrants serious consideration by anyone teaching in this area." --Stephen Robertson
"Women, Politics, and Power is a well-organized and clearly written text. Its multidisciplinary approach synthesizes research on women's political power around the world, and its case studies provide valuable context and support." --Miriam Levitt
Refereed Journal Articles
Forthcoming. Hughes, Melanie M., Pamela Paxton, Amanda B. Clayton, and Pär Zetterberg. "Global Gender Quota Adoption, Implementation, and Reform." Journal of Comparative Politics.
Forthcoming. Childs, Sarah, and Melanie M. Hughes. "‘Which Men?’ How an Intersectional Perspective on Men and Masculinities Helps Us Understand Women’s Persistent Political Under-Representation." Politics & Gender.
Forthcoming. Tripp, Aili Mari, and Melanie M. Hughes. “Methods, Methodologies, and Epistemologies in Gender and Politics Research.” European Journal of Politics & Gender.
2018. Hughes, Melanie M., Pamela Paxton, Sharon Quinsaat, and Nicholas Reith. "Does the Global North Still Dominate the International Women's Movement? A Network Analysis of Women's International Nongovernmental Organizations, 1978-2008." Mobilization 23(1):1–21. (lead article)
2018. Plummer, Samantha, Jackie Smith, and Melanie M. Hughes. “Transnational Advocacy Networks and Global Health Governance.” Global Health Governance 12(1):62–74.
2006. Paxton, Pamela, Melanie M. Hughes, and Jennifer Green. "The International Women's Movement and Women's Political Representation, 1893-2003." American Sociological Review 71(6):898-920. Download Download Appendix
2014. Hughes, Melanie M. Book review of Contagious Representation: Women's Political Representation in Democracies around the World by Frank C. Thames and Margaret S. Williams. Gender & Society 28(4):633-635.
2013. Hughes, Melanie M. Book review of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans After 9/11 by Lori Peek. Sociology of Islam1(1-2):115-117.
2008. Hughes, Melanie M. Book review of The Best-Kept Secret: Women Corporate Lobbyists, Policy, & Power in the United States by Denise Benoit. Contemporary Sociology 37(5):461-462.
2018. Paxton, Pamela, and Melanie M. Hughes. “Gender and Politics in the 2016 U.S. Election and Beyond.” Introduction to Special Collection on Gender and Politics in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 4:1–3.
2018. Finkel, Müge, and Melanie M. Hughes. “Pitt Researchers Support UN Efforts to Combat Global Gender Inequality.” European Studies Center Newsletter. Spring Edition.
2015. Bolzendahl, Catherine and Melanie M. Hughes. Introduction to the Newsletter Mini-Symposium. “Gender in Formal Politics: Current Trends and Sociological Directions.” Sex and Gender News. Fall Edition.
2014. Hughes, Melanie M. "Quota Design and the Political Representation of Women from Indigenous and Tribal Groups." Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research. Paper No. RSCAS 2014/105. Download
2013. Paxton, Pamela and Melanie M. Hughes. "Bringing Gender Back In." States, Power, and Societies 18(3):1-4. Download
2013. Hughes, Melanie M. "Social and Political Change for Women in Post-Genocide Rwanda." Excerpt in Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology, edited by Jeane Ballantine and Keith Roberts. Pine Forge. 4th Edition.
2009. Hughes, Melanie M. "Women, Ethnicity, and Political Change in Burundi." Excerpt in Chapter 9 of Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology, 2nd Edition, edited by Jeane Ballantine and Keith Roberts. Pine Forge Press. Reprinted in the 3rd Edition (Chapter 13).
2009. Pamela Paxton, Melanie M. Hughes, and Matthew A. Painter II. "Growth in Women's Political Representation: A Longitudinal Exploration of Democracy, Electoral System, and Gender Quotas." Center for the Study of Democracy. Paper 09-01.
Last updated: June 8, 2018
2015. Hughes, Melanie M. and Aili Mari Tripp. "Civil War and Trajectories of Change in Women's Political Representation in Africa, 1985-2010." Social Forces. Published online February 12. doi:10.1093/sf/sov003. Download
2015. Hughes, Melanie M., Mona Lena Krook, and Pamela Paxton. "Transnational Women's Activism and the Global Diffusion of Gender Quotas." International Studies Quarterly. Published online March 12. doi:10.1111/isqu.12190. Download
Forthcoming. Hughes, Melanie M. "The Combination of Gender and Ethnic Quotas in Electoral Politics." In Women and Legal Pluralism: Extending Parity Governance, edited by Will Kymlicka and Ruth Rubio Marin. Oxford University Press.
Forthcoming. Hughes, Melanie M. and Pamela Paxton. "The Political Representation of Women Over Time." In Global Handbook on Women's Political Rights, edited by Netina Tan, Mona Lena Krook, and Susan Franceschet. Palgrave Macmillan.
2017. Hughes, Melanie M. and Joshua Dubrow. "Intersectionality and Women's Political Empowerment Worldwide." In Measuring Women's Political Empowerment, edited by Amy C. Alexander, Catherine Bolzendahl, and Farida Jalalzai. Palgrave MacMillan.
2017. Yates, Elizabeth A. and Melanie M. Hughes. "Cultural Explanations for Men's Dominance of National Leadership Worldwide." Pp. 101-122 in Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies, edited by Veronica Montecinos. Palgrave MacMillan.
2014. Hughes, Melanie M. "Crossing Intersections: Overcoming the Challenges of Cross-National Research on the Legislative Representation of Women from Marginalized Groups." Pp. 51‒66 in Political Inequality in the Age of Democracy: Cross-national Perspectives, edited by Joshua K. Dubrow. Routledge.
2011. Hughes, Melanie M. and Pamela Paxton. "Women and Political Systems Worldwide." Pp. 502‒527 in Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Women, edited by Janet Lee and Susan Shaw. McGraw-Hill.
2010. Paxton, Pamela and Melanie M. Hughes. "Women as Presidents, Prime Ministers and Government Ministers." Pp. 321‒330 in Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook, edited by Karen O'Connor. Sage Publications.