Carole Pateman

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Carole Pateman
Born (1940-12-11) 11 December 1940 (age 74)
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]



  • Pateman, Carole (1970). Participation and democratic theory. Cambridge England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521290043. 
  • Pateman, Carole (1979). The problem of political obligation: a critical analysis of liberal theory. Chichester New York: Wiley. ISBN 9780471996996. 
  • Pateman, Carole (1985). The problem of political obligation: a critique of liberal theory. Cambridge: Polity in association with Blackwell. ISBN 9780745601359. 
  • Pateman, Carole (1988). The sexual contract. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745604329. 
  • Pateman, Carole (1989). The disorder of women: democracy, feminism, and political theory. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804717656. 
  • Pateman, Carole; Dowding, Keith; Goodin, Robert E. (2004). Justice and democracy: essays for Brian Barry. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521836951. 
  • Pateman, Carole; Mills, Charles W. (2007). Contract and domination. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745640044. 

Edited books[edit]

  • Pateman, Carole; Sawer, Marian (1980). Australasian Political Studies Association directory of women political scientists 1980. Canberra: Australasian Political Studies Association. OCLC 220934996. 
  • Pateman, Carole; Goodnow, Jacqueline (1985). Women, social science and public policy. Sydney London: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 9780868616858. 
  • Pateman, Carole; Lyndon Shanley, Mary (1991). Feminist interpretations and political theory. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 9780271007427. 
  • Pateman, Carole; Murray, Matthew C. (2012). Basic income worldwide horizons of reform. Houndmills, Basingstoke New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230285422. 
  • Pateman, Carole; Gross, Elizabeth (2014). Feminist challenges: social and political theory (2nd ed.). London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138000681.  Original printed in 1986.

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Pateman, Carole (2003), "Freedom and democratization: why basic income is preferred to basic capital", in Dowding, Keith; de Wispelaere, Jurgen; White, Stuart, The ethics of stakeholding, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 130–148, ISBN 9781403905802. 

Journal articles[edit]

  • Pateman, Carole (guest editor) (1983). "Introduction". Australian Journal of Political Science (formerly "Politics"), special issue: political theory (Taylor and Francis) 18 (2): 1–2. doi:10.1080/00323268308401882. 
  • Pateman, Carole (March 2012). "Participatory Democracy Revisited". Perspectives on Politics 10 (1): 7 - 19. doi:10.1017/S1537592711004877. 


  • 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
  3. ^ "Carole Pateman winner of the Johan Skytte Prize 2012". Uppsala universitet, MedfarmDoIT. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 

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