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Gender and Politics

The Gender of Informal Politics

Russia, Iceland and Twenty-First Century Male Dominance

Authors: Johnson, Janet Elise

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  • Compares economic liberalization, women’s presence in politics, feminism, and gender equality policy-making in Iceland and Russia
  • Provides a theoretical understanding of male dominance as an integral part of gender politics
  • Introduces a new way of looking at the gender equality paradox by using the concept of 'bait-and-switch politics'
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About this book

This book argues that the primary political obstacle holding women back in the twenty-first century is a bait and switch promising but simultaneously undercutting gender equality. Through a comparison of Russia and Iceland, the book shows how this revised form of male dominance came about, how it constrains feminisms, and how activists are beginning to fight back. It argues that while feminist movements have made it harder for most countries to maintain formal rules discriminating against women, economic liberalization strengthened male-dominated elites in informal institutions. These elites offer women prominent roles as policymakers and in non-governmental organizations, but then box them in with little room to represent women’s interests. Activists’ attempts to shame countries for ignoring problems such as violence against women result in new laws, but, lacking the necessary funding and enforcement, violence and inequality intensify. Explaining this paradox is the principal focus for social scientists, policymakers, and activists concerned with gender equality, women's social inclusion, and human rights.  

About the authors

Janet Elise Johnson is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA, and Visiting Scholar, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University. Her books include Gender Violence in Russia (2009) and Living Gender after Communism (2006).

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“This is a groundbreaking book. Focusing on one of the big questions of our time– why has the formal inclusion of women into politics, and introduction of gender equality legislation, left male power intact? – Johnson provides a sophisticated analysis that puts informal rules at the forefront.  Fresh, insightful and original, this is a must read for anyone interested in gender and comparative politics.” (Professor Louise Chappell, University of New South Wales, Australia)

“While we might expect to see robust efforts at gender equality in Iceland, and be dubious about that likelihood in Russia, this important feminist analysis of the informal political realm explains why some forms of gender inequality remain entrenched in both countries.  For readers seeking to understand – or undermine – this situation, Johnson’s book is a vital guide.” (Professor Valerie Sperling, Clark University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Informal Politics and the Gender Equality Paradox

    Johnson, Janet Elise

    Pages 1-26

  • Liberalization: How Economic Reforms Consolidated a Bait-and-Switch Male Dominance

    Johnson, Janet Elise

    Pages 27-68

  • Women’s Representation: How Bait-and-Switch Male Dominance Promotes, but Then Boxes In Women in Politics

    Johnson, Janet Elise

    Pages 69-108

  • Feminist Mobilization: How Bait-and-Switch Male Dominance Undermines Feminism and How Feminists Fight Back

    Johnson, Janet Elise

    Pages 109-140

  • Gender Equality: How Bait-and-Switch Male Dominance Undermines Gender Equality Policymaking

    Johnson, Janet Elise

    Pages 141-180

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 106,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60278-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 106,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-86824-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Gender of Informal Politics
Book Subtitle
Russia, Iceland and Twenty-First Century Male Dominance
Authors
Series Title
Gender and Politics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60279-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60279-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60278-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86824-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 195
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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