Introduction to Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment Across the Globe: Strategies, Challenges, and Future Research

  • Amy C. Alexander
  • Catherine Bolzendahl
  • Farida Jalalzai
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


This chapter establishes definitions of key concepts such as women’s political empowerment and establishes the theoretical and empirical goals of this volume. We identify the complexities in defining women’s global political empowerment, critically review prior research on elites and masses to develop definitional and measurement goals, and tie women’s global political empowerment to broader social concerns and processes. We briefly engage the subsequent chapters in terms of their connections to one another and to the larger goals of this collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy C. Alexander
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Catherine Bolzendahl
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Farida Jalalzai
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Sociology University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  3. 3.Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

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