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Forging the Franchise$
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Dawn Langan Teele

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691180267

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691180267.001.0001

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Democratization and the Case of Women

Democratization and the Case of Women

(p.15) 2 Democratization and the Case of Women
Forging the Franchise

Dawn Langan Teele

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the different social scientific arguments about women's enfranchisement. It evaluates several alternative explanations of women's enfranchisement, such as economic modernization, growth in women's labor force participation, sex ratios, and warfare, that have been generated from scholarship on male democratization. It lays out an alternative argument that links political cleavages and electoral competition to politicians' and suffragists' strategies surrounding suffrage. Drawing on the massive literature on suffrage movements, which has historical and social scientific branches, the theory forms insights into the tensions among suffragists and between suffrage organizations, and outlines the political hurdles that suffragists must overcome to make suffrage bills become law.

Keywords:   women's enfranchisement, voting rights, suffrage, male democratization, electoral competition, suffrage movements

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