Representing Women: Sex, Gender, and Legislative Behavior in Arizona and California

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2000 - Political Science - 338 pages
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Women in public office are often assumed to "make a difference" for women, as women_in other words, to represent their female constituents better than do their male counterparts. But is sex really an accurate predictor of a legislator's political choices
 

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Contents

Deconstructing Difference
13
Gender Power and Political Culture in Arizona and California
51
Defining the Parameters of Representation
93
Representational Priorities
95
Women as a Constituency Group
113
Policymaking
135
Policy Preferences
137
Policy Priorities
161
When Women Do Not Make a Difference
215
The Difference It Makes
242
A Research Design
255
B Roll Call Votes
278
C Legislative Subject Codes and Corresponding Standing Committees
286
Notes
293
References
309
Index
329

The Rules of the Game
185

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About the author (2000)

Beth Reingold is associate professor of political science and women's studies at Emory University in Atlanta.

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