Women and Power in Parliamentary Democracies: Cabinet Appointments in Western Europe, 1968-1992

Author:   Rebecca Howard Davis
Publisher:   University of Nebraska Press
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9780803217072


Pages:   139
Publication Date:   01 March 1997
Format:   Hardback
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Women and Power in Parliamentary Democracies: Cabinet Appointments in Western Europe, 1968-1992


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Margaret Thatcher, Mary Robinson, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Edith Cresson, and Simone Veil-these contemporary world leaders are as noteworthy for their gender as they are for the political directions they have provided. Indeed, female government leaders are so rare as to be almost an intellectual curiosity. Why is this the case? Why do women, who make up more than half of the world's population, occupy so few positions at the highest levels of political power? Why are women making inroads in government in some countries while not in others? And what difference does women's presence-or absence-make in terms of policy outcomes? Davis addresses these questions by examining women's access to power through appointive channels in Western European parliamentary and parliamentary-type systems. Tracing women's participation from 1968 to 1992 in fifteen countries, she accounts for the variation from high levels of women's representation in Norway and Sweden to low levels in Italy and Britain. Little research on women and elections extends beyond the United States and Britain. Even less exists on women's access to power through appointive channels. By comparatively examining the elite recruitment of women through appointments, this work fills a critical gap.

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Author:   Rebecca Howard Davis
Publisher:   University of Nebraska Press
Imprint:   University of Nebraska Press
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.270kg
ISBN:  

9780803217072


ISBN 10:   0803217072
Pages:   139
Publication Date:   01 March 1997
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Rebecca Howard Davis is an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

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