Carole Pateman

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Carole Pateman
Born (1940-12-11) 11 December 1940 (age 73)
Sussex, England
Nationality British
Institutions University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Alma mater University of Oxford
Known for Criticism of liberal democracy
Notable awards Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

Carole Pateman (born 11 December 1940) FBA is a British feminist and political theorist. She is known as a critic of liberal democracy.[1]


Pateman was born in Sussex, England. Educated at a grammar school, she left at age 16. She entered Ruskin College, Oxford in 1963, attended Lady Margaret Hall, and became lecturer in political theory at the University of Sydney in 1972.[1]

She earned a DPhil at the University of Oxford. Since 1990, Professor Pateman has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).[2] In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the British Academy.[2] She served as President of the American Political Science Association in 2010–11. She is also an Honorary Professor for the Cardiff University School of European Studies.

In 2012 she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.[3]



  • Contract and Domination (co-author Charles W. Mills). Polity Press, 2007.
  • The Disorder of Women: Democracy, Feminism, and Political Theory. Polity Press, 1989.
  • The Sexual Contract. Various editions and years.
  • The Problem of Political Obligation: A Critical Analysis of Liberal Theory. John Wiley and Son, 1979.
  • Participation and Democratic Theory. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1970.

Edited books[edit]

  • Basic Income Worldwide - Horizons of Reform. Co-edited with Matthew C. Murray. Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
  • Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory. Co-edited with M. Shanley. Polity Press, 1991.
  • Feminist Challenges: Social and Political Theory. Co-edited with Elizabeth Gross. Allen and Unwin, 1986.
  • Women, Social Science, and Public Policy. Co-edited with J. Goodnow. Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, 1985.
  • Politics (special political theory issue of the journal of the Australasian Political Studies Assoc.), vol. 18, no. 2 (1983).
  • Directory of Women Political Scientists in Australia. Co-edited with M. Sawer. Australasian Political Studies Association, 1981.


  • The Equivalent of the Right to Land, Life, and Liberty? Democracy and the Idea of a Basic Income (Link)


  1. ^ a b John Lechte (1994). Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Postmodernity. Routledge. ISBN 0415074088. 
  2. ^ a b Carole Pateman faculty page at UCLA
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Further reading[edit]

  • On, Steve (2012), "A conversation with Carole Pateman: reflections on democratic participation, The Sexual Contract, and power structures.", in Browning, Gary; Dimova-Cookson, Maria; Prokhovnik, Raia, Dialogues with contemporary political theorists, Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 139–154, ISBN 9780230303058