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It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office

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"It Takes a Candidate offers new evidence and insight on central issues of political representation and democratic politics. Lawless and Fox have executed an important study of the root causes of why women are underrepresented among American officeholders. By investigating political ambition among individuals in feeder occupations, they advance our understanding with new theory and evidence. The book, moreover, is written in a thoroughly engaging and accessible manner and will appeal to anyone curious about patterns critical to the operation of American democracy." Walter J. Stone, University of California, Davis

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Serving as the first systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition, and based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition Study, a national survey conducted on almost 3,800 potential candidates, this looks at why women are less likely than men to demonstrate political ambition.
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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052167414X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521674140
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is easy to read and explains why we won't have equal representation by gender in politics until our culture and parties change. You also don't have to read the whole thing-- there are very nice chapter summaries with all the main points. It changed the way I look at myself- for instance, why do I think I would never be qualified for public office when I am a public policy major at an Ivy League university? It was very inspiring, especially coming from a professor who ran for office herself.
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This is an excellent book for researching women and politics. It is easy to read and understand and provides insight that has never been covered. I highly recommend this book to anyone researching women in politics.
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