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Women in the ClubGender and Policy Making in the Senate$
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Michele L. Swers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226022796

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226022963.001.0001

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Providing for the Common Defense: Gender and National Security Politics in the Post-9/11 World

Providing for the Common Defense: Gender and National Security Politics in the Post-9/11 World

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Women in the Club
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Michele L. Swers

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226022963.003.0005

This chapter analyzes senators’ engagement of defense policy and discusses the importance of defense politics and the promotion of a national security policy. It also evaluates whether gender differences impact the defense policy activity of senators. Public opinion demonstrates that women pay more attention to social welfare issues than defense and foreign policy issues. Focusing on the crafting of the annual defense authorization bill in the 107th and the 108th Congress (2001–2004), the chapter analyzes senators’ votes on the Iraq War resolution and evaluates whether women are less likely to support war than are men.

Keywords:   defense policy, defense politics, national security, gender differences, social welfare, foreign policy, defense authorization bill, 108th Congress, Iraq War resolution

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