The Difference Women Make: The Policy Impact of Women in Congress

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September 2002



What if there were more women in Congress? Providing the first comprehensive study of the policy activity of male and female legislators at the federal level, Michele L. Swers persuasively demonstrates that, even though representatives often vote a party line, their gender is politically significant and does indeed influence policy making.Swers combines quantitative analyses of bills with interviews with legislators and their staff to compare legislative activity on women's issues by male and female members of the House of Representatives during the 103rd (1993-94) and 104th (1995-96) Congresses. Tracking representatives' commitment to women's issues throughout the legislative process, from the introduction of bills through committee consideration to final floor votes, Swers examines how the prevailing political context and members' positions within Congress affect whether and how aggressively they pursue women's issues.Anyone studying congressional behavior, the role of women, or the representation of social identities in Congress will benefit from Swers's balanced and nuanced analysis.


Michele L. Swers is assistant professor of government at Georgetown University.


"In the first systematic, quantitative examination of the impact of women in the House of Representatives, Michele Swers provides a basis for evaluating the potential impact women might have were they in more influential positions. The Difference Women Make is an important contribution to the literature on women in politics and on Congress." - Barbara Sinclair, author of Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress
EAN: 9780226786490
ISBN: 0226786498
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2002
Seitenanzahl: 201 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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