The first volume to offer an analysis on all avenues for womens participation for such a lengthy time period contagious representation examines not only the causes of womens representation in the main democratic political institutions but also how womens representation in one institution affects the others. Get this from a library contagious representation womens political representation in democracies around the world frank thames margaret s williams womens participation in parliaments high courts and executive offices worldwide has reached record high numbers but this global increase in womens representation masks significant variation . In contagious representation thames and williams set out to show that womens political representation can be contagious although evidence of contagion reads as mixed and not all results are entirely convincing the text is likely to stimulate interesting discussion in graduate classes on gender and politics. Since 2000 only twenty seven women have achieved executive office worldwide contagious representation is a comprehensive look at women8217s participation in all aspects of public life in the main democratic political institutions8212the executive the judiciary the legislature and within political parties
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