Carole Pateman

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Carole Pateman
Carole Pateman in Brazil 2015 02.jpg
Carole Pateman in 2015
Born (1940-12-11) 11 December 1940 (age 74)
Sussex, England
Nationality British and U.S.
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) is a world-renowned feminist and political theorist. She is known as a critic of liberal democracy and has been a member of the British Academy since 2007.[1]


Lecture by Pateman during the UN Beijing+20: More Women in Politics seminar

Pateman was born in Sussex, England and has had an international career, living in four continents and teaching and doing research in three. 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), where she is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus.[2] Professor Pateman served as (the first woman) President of the International Political Science Association (1991-94). 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.

She gave the Faculty Research Lecture at UCLA in 2001, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy and the UK Academy of Social Sciences. She holds honorary degrees from the Australia National University, the National University of Ireland, and Helsinki University. In 2012 she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.

Awards and Professional Accomplishment[edit]

Carole Pateman was a Guggenheim Fellow 1993-94.

Since 1994 Dr. Pateman has been a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences.

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

In 2013, she earned the Special Recognition Award by the UK Political Studies Association.

In April, 2015 she was elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

The Australian Political Science Association (APSA) awards the Carole Pateman prize biennially for the best book published on the topic of gender and politics.[4]

An Italian translation of The Sexual Contract appears in 2015 from Moretti e Vitali, Bergamo.

A Japanese translation of The Disorder of Women: Democracy, Feminism and Political Theory from Hosei University Press (Hosei Daigaku Shuppankyoku), translated by Ryusaku Yamada, was published in June 2014.

Translations of Participation and Democratic Theory into Spanish, The Disorder of Women into Korean, and The Sexual Contract into Polish are forthcoming.



  • 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. 
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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