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Governing in a Global World Women in Public Service

Edited By Maria J. D'Agostino, Marilyn M. Rubin Copyright 2018
    ISBN 9781138297784
    286 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    Published December 5, 2017 by Routledge

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    Governing in a Global World captures the panorama of women governing around the world. Even though the modern era marks history’s greatest advancements for women, worldwide they hold fewer than 30 percent of decision-making positions and are often missing from negotiating tables where policies are made and conflicts resolved. The opening chapters present trends and context for studying women in public service by focusing on path-setters across the globe, the status of women in the world’s executive and legislative bodies, and their participation in public service across several nations. Later chapters examine power, leadership and representation of women in public service, with several chapters looking at women governing from a regional perspective in the Middle East, Sub Sahara Africa, Latin America, and China. The final chapter presents empirical evidence that shows how policies to increase women’s representation in the public arena reduce gender inequality more than any other policy intervention. Taken together, the chapters illustrate the worldwide importance of, and challenges to, promoting gender equality and women governing.


    1. Women in Public Service: A Long Slow Path to Gender Equality

    [Marilyn Marks Rubin]

    2. A Global Comparison of Women in the Workforce: Moving Toward Innovative Solutions

    [Helisse Levine and Maria J. D’Agostino]

    3. Changing Perspectives on Women in Public Service: A Short History of Attitudes and Practices

    [Camilla Stivers]

    4. Breaking the Mold: Women as International Leaders

    [Mary E. Guy and Samantha J. Larson]

    5. Gender Equality and the Ballot Box: The Global Situation of Women Legislators

    [Silvana Koch-Mehrin]

    6. Women as Public Sector Leaders: A Long Way from Gender Parity

    [Uschi Schreiber]

    7. Equality for Women in Sub-Sahara Africa: Still a Long Road to Travel

    [Sebawit G. Bishu]

    8. Latin American Women in Public Service: Progress, but not yet Equality

    [Melissa Gomez Hernandez]

    9. Women in Leadership Positions in the Middle East: A Region of Gender Equality Paradoxes

    [Ghada Barsoum]

    10. Women Governing: The Egyptian Perspective

    [Laila El Baradei]

    11. Women Governing in China: Not Yet Holding Up Half the Sky

    [Marilyn Marks Rubin and Wenxuan Yu]

    12. Women in International NGOs: Status, Challenges, And Opportunities

    [Shamima Ahmed]

    13. Time to Care: Paid Family Leave as Baseline Support for Gender Equality in Employment

    [Deborah Brennan and Sue Williamson]

    14. Institutional Mechanisms for Advancing Gender Equity in Educating for the Public Service

    [Nadia Rubaii]

    15. Gender Equity Worldwide: Where We Are and Where to From Here?

    [Sharon Mastracci]


    Maria J. D’Agostino is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a member of the UNDP roster of experts in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Public Administration and co-founder of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College. She is the guest editor of the Women and Public Administration Symposium recently published in Administration & Society and is a recipient of the Faculty Mid-Career Research Award.

    Marilyn Marks Rubin is a professor at John Jay College of the City University of New York and is Director of the College’s MPA Program. She has been a consultant on fiscal policy, economic development and strategic planning for US municipal, state and federal entities and has authored several publications on fiscal policy and budget-related issues. Rubin is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

    'Governing in a Global World is wonderfully comprehensive tome that examines women as public leaders, politicians and managers throughout history and around the world. Chapter contributors include a broad range of exceptional scholars, each providing in-depth analysis and insightful commentary about the lurching forward of women’s advancement in public service over time. Sometimes surprising, often disheartening, yet compelling throughout, this reader will be hard to put down.' - Katherine Willoughby, Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration, University of Georgia

     'This is the book we have been waiting for. It captures the status of women's political and administrative representation around the world, and prescribes strategies for narrowing the Global Gender Gap. Written with mastery and conviction - a must read.' - Meredith A. Newman, PhD, Vice Provost for Faculty and Global Affairs, Florida International University

    'The progress of the world depends on the progress of women in government. To understand the progress we have – and have not – made, this book is essential. Its breadth and depth is remarkable. Each chapter provides a multitude of lessons about the current status of women in government and outlines the necessary steps to advance to true equality.' - John R. Bartle, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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