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Women in Executive Power

A Global Overview, 1st Edition

Edited by Gretchen Bauer, Manon Tremblay


226 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Women in Executive Power studies the participation of women in the political executive around the world—notably in cabinet positions as ministers and sub-ministers and as heads of government and state.

Providing multiple case studies in each chapter, the book provides regional overviews of nine different world regions covering those with the fewest to the most women in executive power. Evaluating the role of socio-cultural, economic and political variables of women’s access to cabinet positions and positions of head of state and government, the book shows that women are increasingly moving into positions previously considered ‘male’. Tracing the historical trends of women’s participation in governments that has markedly increased in the last two decades, the book assesses the factors that have contributed to women’s increasing presence in executives and the extent to which women executives, once in office, represent women’s interests.

With case studies from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, the Arab world and Oceania, Women in Executive Power will be of interest to scholars of comparative politics, gender and women's studies.


'Overall this is a very tightly structured collection. The abstract and introduction of the book provide invaluable guidelines with regard to its layout and aims, and a concluding chapter further strengthens the comparative nature of the collection. [The book painted] a detailed picture of a messy reality—where no simple correlations exist between, for example, economic wealth and gender parity, or indeed between types of political regime and the feminisation of government.' - Gwendolyn Windpassinger, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 20, 1, 2012

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Gretchen Bauer and Manon Tremblay 2. Arab States Vânia Carvalho Pinto 3. South and Southeast Asia Andrea Fleschenberg 4. Oceania Jennifer Curtin and Marian Sawer 5. Central and Eastern Europe Maxime Forest 6. Sub-Saharan Africa Gretchen Bauer 7. Latin America Tiffany D. Barnes and Mark P. Jones 8. North America Farida Jalalzai and Manon Tremblay 9. Western Europe Fiona Buckley and Yvonne Galligan 10. Nordic Countries Christina Bergqvist 11. Conclusion Manon Tremblay and Gretchen Bauer

About the Editors

Gretchen Bauer is professor and chair in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, USA.

Manon Tremblay is professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada.

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Routledge Research in Comparative Politics

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