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How does feminism shake up political science, the study of politics and electoral politics?

What difference do feminist political scientists and politicians make to political institutions, policy processes and outcomes?

The scholarship and activism of pioneering political scientist Joni Lovenduski helped establish these questions on the political science agenda. 

This new book, edited by Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs, addresses key themes in Lovenduski's work. Chapters cover gender and parties; elected institutions and the state; quotas and recruitment; public opinion, and women's interests. Vignettes by prominent politicians including Dame Anne Begg MP, Baroness Gould, Deborah Mattinson, and the Rt Hon Theresa May, bring the academic analysis to life. 

Deeds and Words reveals the impact of feminist interventions on politics in the round. Its groundbreaking assessment of feminist scholarship and politics offers an appraisal of, and fitting tribute to, Lovenduski's contribution to gender studies and feminist politics.

This collection brings together some of the most significant and influential work by leading comparativist Peter Mair (1951–2011). 

The selection ranges from considerations on the relevance of concept formation to the study of party systems and party organisations; and from reflections on the democratic legitimacy of the European Union to the future of party democracy. 

Including frequently cited papers alongside lesser-known work, the writings collected in this volume attest to the broad scope and depth of Mair’s insights into comparative party politics, and the changing realities of party government. As such, they form an important and enduring contribution to the study of politics, and a fitting tribute to an inspirational and much-missed figure in the global political science community. 

Edited and introduced by Ingrid van Biezen, with an intellectual portrait of Peter Mair by Stefano Bartolini and Hans Daalder. 

'...a suitable tribute to an intellectual giant in the field of comparative politics'
David Farrell, University College Dublin 

Della Porta & MattoniWhich elements do the Arab Spring, the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street have in common? How do they differ? What do they share with social movements of the past?

This book discusses the recent wave of global mobilisations from an unusual angle, explaining what aspects of protests spread from one country to another, how this happened, and why diffusion occurred in certain contexts but not in others. In doing this, the book casts light on the more general mechanisms of protest diffusion in contemporary societies, explaining how mobilisations travel from one country to another and, also, from past to present times.

Bridging different fields of the social sciences, and covering a broad range of empirical cases, this book develops new theoretical perspectives. 

'This rich, punchy volume is the best overview yet of the extraordinary wave of movements that exploded around the world in 2011. It especially shows how the movements are transnational and very national at one and the same time, learning from each other yet inventing their own paths.' James M Jasper, City University of New York

Join the ECPR Panel at the APSA Annual Meeting 27/08/2014

The ECPR will be running a Roundtable Panel, chaired by the ECPR Director, Martin Bull, entitled, 'Open Access in the Social and Political Sciences: Threat or Opportunity", with contributions from Terrell Carver (Bristol University), Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard University), Alex Holzman (Temple University Press), David Mainwaring (Cambridge University Press) and Iain Hrynaszkiewicz (Palgrave Publishers).

The Panel will be held at 16.15 – 18.00 on Thursday 28 August in the Marriott Taft. All ECPR members are warmly invited to attend.