Gender innovation in political science: New norms, new knowledge

Edited by Marian Sawer and Kerryn Baker



In this book, leading gender scholars survey the contribution of feminist scholarship to new norms and knowledge in diverse areas of political science and related political practice. They provide new evidence of the breadth of this contribution and its policy impact. Rather than offering another account of the problem of gender inequality in the discipline, the book focuses on the positive contribution of gender innovation. It highlights in a systematic and in-depth way how gender innovation has contributed to sharpening the conceptual tools available in different subfields, including international relations and public policy. At the same time, the authors show the limits of impact in core areas of an increasingly pluralised discipline. This volume will appeal to scholars and students of political science and international relations.

Gender Innovation in Political Science is a comprehensive and very exciting book about how feminist and gender scholarship has transformed the discipline of political science. It tells the story of decades of feminist critique of the injustice caused by excluding women and women’s lives. However, it also recounts the firm ambitions of feminist scholars to improve the scientific quality of the discipline by including gender relations and unveiling the gendered nature of political institutions’. Drude Dahlerup, Political Science, Stockholm University

‘Since the 1960s, feminist scholarship has expanded the bounds of political science, revised conventional ways of thinking, and challenged established frameworks. What has been the impact of this innovative body of work? This well-integrated volume by a first-class set of contributors throws fresh light on the contribution of this research in diverse sub-fields including the study of legislative representation, political behaviour, international relations and public policy. The conclusion summarises both the achievements and continued challenges facing feminist political science today. An essential and illuminating analysis by some of the foremost leaders in the profession’. Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

‘Sawer and Baker's edited volume provides an invaluable survey of this flourishing field. Whilst offering a balanced and comprehensive assessment of achievements to date and remaining challenges, it simultaneously outlines exciting new frontiers for gender innovation in political science research’. Vicky Randall, Department of Government, University of Essex

Citation: Sawer, M., & Baker, K. (Eds.). (2019). Gender innovation in political science: New norms, new knowledge. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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The cover image is of the Seven Sisters (Southern Pleiades) – the subject of an important Aboriginal dreaming story and which we felt symbolised the new norms and new knowledge we were talking about.

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