Volume 11, Issue 2, December 2016

Several Italian Political Science issues have explored specific sub-fields of political science to allow for an intra-discipline fruitful dialog. This IPS issue is entirely dedicated to the relationship between gender studies and political science, but also social sciences in general. The institutionalization process of this relationship has been long and tortuous—in Italy or France maybe more than in other European countries. Nevertheless, an increasing number of studies reveal the existence of a very active research area that profits from the interaction between political science and other disciplines, political philosophy and sociology in particular.

Yet, important questions remain to be addressed. In which different analysis perspectives are gender studies organized and what contribution can each of them offer to the study of politics? Will gender studies become a political science sub-discipline or a cross-sectoral approach? Is the success of a gender perspective related to or dependent on the number of female researchers in Political and Social Sciences? To answer these and other questions, IPS issue n. 2/2016 publishes the papers delivered by prominent scholars in the seminar “Gender and Politics. Research, practice and education: moving behind the obvious” that took place at the University of Padova under the academic coordination of Claudia Padovani and Giovanna Vingelli in June 2016.

Stefania Panebianco and Francesco Zucchini, IPS Editors


Gender and Politics: research, practice and education.
Moving beyond the obvious

Guest Editors: Claudia Padovani and Giovanna Vingelli

Claudia Padovani (University of Padova) and Giovanna Vingelli (Università della Calabria)

The 2015 congress of the Italian Political Science Society (SISP) hosted a temporary section, titled Gender, politics, and policies. This was organized to mark the 20th anniversary since the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995 […]

Gender and Politics Studies within European Political Science: Contributions and Challenges
Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki) and Emanuela Lombardo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Gender and politics has become a vibrant subdiscipline of political science over the past twenty years. To reflect this, political science associations organise conferences and panels on gender and politics, books, journals, specialized book series and journal special issues are published, and courses are taught at universities. […]

Beyond Good News and Bad News: Narrating Gender in Political Science
Sara de Jong (Open University)

Thinking and writing about gender in political science conjures up two affective states. On the one hand, there is the joy coming from the tangible vibrancy that is often generated when feminist political scholars meet. […]

Gender and Political Science: Lessons from the French Case
Catherine Achin (Université Paris-Dauphine)

In this paper I present some of the arguments put forward with my colleague, Laure Bereni, in the introduction of the dictionary we edited, Dictionnaire Genre & science politique: Concepts, objets, problèmes […]

Networking and Partnership as Strategic Practices for Gender Studies in Academia: the Case of the University of Trento
Barbara Poggio (University of Trento)

Gender as a concept entered the Italian political debate in the late 1970s. As in many other European countries and the United States, theoretical reflections on gender first emerged outside academia and were closely linked to political activism by women on issues such as abortion and divorce. […]

Teaching in a Gender Perspective
Lorenza Perini (University of Padova)

Gender Policies, the subject I teach at the University of Padua, is not a very common topic in Italian Academia for at least three reasons. The first is that in our country there is little recognition of the category of ‘gender’ from the perspectives of both political science and political history. […]

Young women’s Subjectivities and New Feminisms in the Neo-Liberal Age
Carmen Leccardi (Università di Milano Bicocca)

The generations of young women raised between the last decade of last century and this century inherited from second wave feminism (the feminism of the 1960s and 1970s), the expression of subjectivity as a taken for granted right. […]

The Association of Italian Women Historians and the Promotion of Gender Culture in Italy
Isabelle Chabot (Società Italiana delle Storiche)

The Società Italiana delle Storiche (SIS, Italian Association of Women Historians) was founded in 1989. Its aim was to promote women’s and gender history through research, teaching and the conservation of documents and source materials. […]

Beyond the Obvious: Whose Gender Studies?
Flavia Monceri (Università del Molise)

The situation of gender studies in Italy is still quite troubling for a number of reasons, but in this brief commentary I will touch on only one from the standpoint of a political philosopher who also teaches gender studies. […]

Book Reviews Edited by Carla Monteleone and Stefania Panebianco

Silvia Bolgherini, Navigando a vista: Governi locali in Europa tra crisi e riforme
Reviewed by Maurizio Cerruto (University of Calabria)

Nicolò Conti and Francesco Marangoni (eds.), The Challenge of Coalition Government. The Italian Case
Reviewed by Annarita Criscitiello (University of Naples Federico II)

Sergio Fabbrini, Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis
Reviewed by Simona Piattoni (University of Trento)

Hanspeter Kriesi and Takis S. Pappas (eds.), European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession
Reviewed by Gianfranco Pasquino (University of Bologna and Johns Hopkins University)

Patrizia Nanz and Claus Leggewie, Die Konsultative. Mehr Demokratie durch Bürgerbeteiligung
Reviewed by Seongcheol Kim (WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Humboldt University, Berlin)

Daniela Piana, Uguale per tutti? Giustizia e cittadini in Italia
Reviewed by Antonio La Spina (LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome)

Paolo Rosa, Strategic Culture and Italy’s Military Behavior. Between Pacifism and Realpolitik
Reviewed by Carla Monteleone (University of Palermo)

Giulia Sandri, Antonella Seddone, and Fulvio Venturino (eds.), Party Primaries in Comparative Perspective
Reviewed by Marta Regalia (LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome)

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