Share this
PREVIOUS ARTICLE ALL CONTENTS Next ARTICLE

Women in Politics in the American City, Mirya R. Holman

Reviewed by Jocelyn Elise Crowley

BUY

 

The underrepresentation of women in American politics at both the state and national levels has been addressed by many scholars. Through this research, we know that women govern differently and tend to have different policy priorities than their male counterparts. In this extraordinarily researched work, Women in Politics in the American City, Mirya R. Holman extends this line of inquiry to American city politics.

Holman employs rich survey, interview, and textual data to help us understand the ways in which female leaders at the local level make a difference in urban politics. She sets the stage for her analysis by describing the claims that are commonly made related to the limits of mayoral power. For example, local leaders must always keep in mind that citizens have the power to exit, taking their tax dollars with them. In addition, because urban governments lack money, they must often partner with the private sector to advance common goals. These partnerships, however, restrict the ability of local officials to pursue many other priorities of interest. Indeed, if an elected official tries to pursue policies that do not have broad and deep levels of support, he or she will likely fail, which will inhibit the mayor’s capacity to obtain other agenda items needed by the city. Finally, Holman notes that women, because they are residentially disper

To continue reading, see options above.

About PSQ's Editor

Demetrios James Caraley

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

Editor’s spotlight

Primaries and Conventions

Will the Outcome be “Democratic”?: Delegate Selection and the 2020 Primaries
Marianna Palumbo and Robert Y. Shapiro

On To the Convention, Again
Caroline Monahan and Robert Y. Shapiro

MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC

Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

New APS Book

Presidential Selection and Democracy   PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION AND DEMOCRACY

CONFERENCES & EVENTS

PANEL DISCUSSION
Money and Poltics Webinar

April 6, 2020

This event is part of the nearly yearlong Challenges and Opportunities in 2020 election series.  The series fosters interdisciplinary conversations exploring themes affecting the upcoming election and trust in our democratic institutions.

MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT VIEW ALL EVENTS

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS