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Feminists and Party Politics
Lisa Young  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/1/2000
ISBN: 9780774807739    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 11/30/2000
ISBN: 9780774807746    

260 Pages

World rights except United States


About the Book

The contemporary women's movement has transformed North American society. Change has been greatest in the realm of everyday life, but feminism has also challenged the substance and practice of politics. Feminists and Party Politics examines the effort to bring feminism into the formal political arena through established political parties in Canada and the United States.

Two major sets of questions lie at the heart of this inquiry. First, how have movement organizations approached partisan and electoral politics? To what extent have they tried to change parties? What factors have shaped their approaches? Second, how have parties themselves responded to the mobilization of feminism? Have they taken steps to include women in elite cadres? Have they either adopted any of the policy stances advocated by feminist organizations or instead come to define themselves in opposition to feminism?

Lisa Young explores these questions through meticulous research based on numerous interviews with feminist and partisan activists, archival and documentary material, and analysis of attitudinal surveys of political elites. She concludes that although the effort of North American feminists to transform political parties over the past thirty years cannot be judged entirely a success, it has not been a failure. By bringing women into the political arena on something beginning to approach an equal footing, feminists have begun to realize liberal democracy's promise of equal citizenship for women.

About the Author(s)

Lisa Young is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary and co-author of Rebuilding Canadian Party Politics (UBC Press, 2000).

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables


1. Theorizing Feminist Strategy and Party Responsiveness
2. Partisan Engagement: American Feminists and Party Politics
3. Power Is Not Electoral: Canadian Feminists and Party Politics
4. Polarization: American Parties Respond
5. Moderate Endorsement: Canadian Parties Respond
6. Can Feminists Transform Party Politics?

Appendix: Data Sets and Scales


This book should be on the shelf of anyone interested in feminist organizations in either [the US or Canada]. It should also be required reading for those whose work focuses on political parties [in either country] . . . Finally, its cogent, clear and straightforward approach to the topic means it can easily be adopted in undergraduate and graduate classes. I for one have shelved it among my classics on Women and Politics.

- Brenda O'Neill, University of Manitoba

Lisa Young has written an important book that is likely to become an instant classic . . . A fascinating investigation of the different relationships between feminists and party activists in two neighboring but quite different countries.

- Clyde Wilcox, Department of Government, Georgetown University

The book's systemic, cross-country, comparative approach is an advance in state-of-the-art research. No comparable study exists either for the US or, federally, for Canada.

- Jill Vickers, Department of Political Science, Carleton University

Young has produced a unique and original study for upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and faculty collections.

- J.K. Boles, Choice

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Gender Studies
Political Science > Other
Women's Studies
Political Science

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