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Governing Women
Women’s Political Effectiveness in Contexts of Democratization and Governance Reform

Edited By

Anne Marie Goetz

ISBN 9780415956529
Published December 12, 2008 by Routledge
307 Pages

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Book Description

Though the proportion of women in national assemblies still barely scrapes 16% on average, the striking outliers – Rwanda with 49% of its assembly female, Argentina with 35%, Liberia and Chile with new women presidents this year – have raised expectations that there is an upward trend in women’s representation from which we may expect big changes in the quality of governance. But getting women into public office is just the first step in the challenge of creating governance and accountability systems that respond to women’s needs and protect their rights.

Using case studies from around the world, the essays in this volume consider the conditions for effective connections between women in civil society and women in politics, for the evolution of political party platforms responsive to women’s interests, for local government arrangements that enable women to engage effectively, and for accountability mechanisms that answer to women. The book’s argument is that good governance from a gender perspective requires more than more women in politics. It requires fundamental incentive changes to orient public action and policy to support gender equality.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.  Introduction  1. Governing Women: Will New Public Space for Some Women Make a Difference for All Women?  Anne Marie Goetz  Section 1: Women’s Civil Society Mobilization  2. Crossing the Lines: Women’s Social Mobilization in Latin America  Virginia Bouvier  3. Consequences of Political Liberalization and Socio-Cultural Mobilization for Women in Algeria, Egypt and Jordan  Marnia Lazreg  4. Transnational Feminism and Women’s Human Rights: Successes and Challenges of a Political Strategy  Brooke A. Ackerly and Bina D’Costa  Section 2: Women in Political Competition  5. Women, Political Parties and Social Movements in South Asia  Amrita Basu  6. Women and Political Engagement in East-Central Europe  Eva Fodor  7. From Political Sidecars to Legislatures: Women and Party Politics in Southern Africa  Onalenna Doo Selolwane  8. Political Parties and Gender in Latin America: An Overview of Conditions and Responsiveness  Teresa Sacchet  Section 3: Decentralization and Gender Equality  9. Decentralizing Government and De-centering Gender: Lessons from Local Government Reform in South Africa  Jo Beall  10. Women in Local Government in India  Jana Everett  11. Who Speaks For Whom? Women and the Politics of Presence in Uganda’s Local Governance  Josephine Ahikire  Section 4: Gender Equality and Good Governance  12. Governing Women or Enabling Women to Govern: Gender and the Good Governance Agenda  Anne Marie Goetz  13. Public Administration Reform and Women in Decision Making in China  Jie Du  14. Ruling Out Gender Equality? The Post-Cold War Rule of Law Agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa  Celestine Nyamu-Musembi.  Contributors.  Index.

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Anne Marie Goetz is a Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, currently on leave and working as an advisor on governance, peace and security to the UN Development Fund for Women. She is the author of five books on the subjects of gender and politics in developing countries, and on accountability reforms.