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The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions

Christopher F. Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg


Do women participate in and influence meetings equally with men? Does gender shape how a meeting is run and whose voices are heard? This book shows how the gender composition and rules of a deliberative body dramatically affect who speaks, how the group interacts, the kinds of issues the group takes up, whose voices prevail, and what the group ultimately decides. It argues that efforts to improve the representation of women will fall short unless they address institutional rules that impede women's voices. Using experimental research supplemented with analysis of school boards, the book demons ... More

Keywords: gender, meetings, gender composition, group interaction, consensus process, influence, authority, group behaviour, representation, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159751
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher F. Karpowitz, author
Brigham Young University

Tali Mendelberg, author
Princeton University