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Votes without Leverage : Women in American Electoral Politics, 1920-1970 - Anna L. Harvey

Votes without Leverage

Women in American Electoral Politics, 1920-1970

Hardcover Published: 13th July 1998
ISBN: 9780521592390
Number Of Pages: 268

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Votes without Leverage re-examines a long-standing puzzle in women's electoral politics. Namely why the increasing importance of women's votes throughout the 1920s did not imply increasing success for the lobbying efforts of women's organizations during the same period. Applying recent theoretical developments in the political economy of institutions and electoral behavior, Professor Harvey argues that female disenfranchisement prior to 1920 created incentives for leaders of women's organizations to invest in the pursuit of suffrage as a first step to achieving other policy benefits for women. When the battle over the right to vote was finally won, those leaders then required time to adapt their organizations to pursue a broader legislative agenda through conventional electoral politics. During this time, however, the major party organizations were able to initiate their own electoral mobilization of women, giving the parties significant advantages in imperfectly competitive markets for women's electoral mobilization. Without women's votes, those organizations ceased to be able to win policy concessions from vote-minded legislators, a state of affairs that would not significantly change until the accelerated decline of the parties as mobilization organizations in the 1960s.

"Harvey combines theoretical and emperical tools from economics, political science, and history in a well-written and forcefully argued book..." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "...Harvey's work serves as an exemplary model of social science research, with theory conciously shaping the questions that guide the research. Perhaps more important, it explains the long absence of women's political influence in a manner at once sensible and satisfying." Patricia G. Zelman, American Historical Review

The legacy of female disenfranchisement
The logic of policy change: voters, organizations, and institutions
Testing competing hypotheses: pre- and post- suffrage in New York State, 1909-1920
The national race to mobilize women, 1917-1932
One step forward, two steps back: women in the parties, 1917-1932
The re-emergence of policy and party benefits for women, 1970-present
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ISBN: 9780521592390
ISBN-10: 0521592399
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 13th July 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5