Carole Pateman

Carole Pateman (born 11 December 1940) is a 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]

Carole Pateman
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Carole Pateman in 2015
Born (1940-12-11) 11 December 1940 (age 79)
Sussex, England
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Known forCriticism of liberal democracy
AwardsJohan Skytte Prize in Political Science
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)


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 (1991–1994). In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the British Academy.[2] She served as President of the American Political Science Association in 2010–2011. 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 Australian National University, the National University of Ireland, and Helsinki University. In 2012 she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.


Pateman was a Guggenheim Fellow 1993–1994.

Since 1994 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.[4][5]

The Australian Political Science Association (APSA) awards the Carole Pateman prize biennially for the best book published on the topic of gender and politics.[6]



  • Pateman, Carole (1970). Participation and democratic theory. Cambridge England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-29004-3.
  • Pateman, Carole (1979). The problem of political obligation: a critical analysis of liberal theory. Chichester New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-99699-6.
  • Pateman, Carole (1985). The problem of political obligation: a critique of liberal theory. Cambridge: Polity in association with Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-7456-0135-9.
  • Pateman, Carole (1988). The Sexual Contract (Book). Cambridge: Polity in association with Blackwell. ISBN 0804714770
  • Pateman, Carole (1989). The disorder of women: democracy, feminism, and political theory. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-1765-6.
  • Pateman, Carole; Dowding, Keith; Goodin, Robert E. (2004). Justice and democracy: essays for Brian Barry. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-83695-1.
  • Pateman, Carole; Mills, Charles W. (2007). Contract and domination. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 978-0-7456-4004-4.

Edited booksEdit

Chapters in booksEdit

  • Pateman, Carole (2003), "Freedom and democratization: why basic income is preferred to basic capital", in Dowding, Keith; de Wispelaere, Jurgen; White, Stuart (eds.), The ethics of stakeholding, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 130–148, ISBN 978-1-4039-0580-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

Journal articlesEdit


  • 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 978-0-415-07408-7.
  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.
  4. ^ Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales. British Academy. Published 24 April 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ Professor Carole Pateman. Learned Society of Wales. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
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Further readingEdit

  • 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 (eds.), Dialogues with contemporary political theorists, Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 139–154, ISBN 978-0-230-30305-8

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