Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership

Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies

Editors: Montecinos, Verónica (Ed.)

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  • Offers a comparative study of the rise of women to the highest political office
  • Combines theoretical chapters with eight country studies from four regions of the world
  • Makes a significant contribrution to the underexplored field of gender and leadership
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This book contributes to our understanding of the trajectories and prerogatives of female political leaders in the varying context of democratization, political institutions and cultural norms. No woman had been elected leader of a country before 1960, but with democratic transitions on the rise since the 1970s, the number of women in executive office gradually became a trend of global scope. In 2015, nineteen countries had an elected female Head of State and/or Government, a proportionally small number that is expected to climb as more women compete for high office, sometimes against other female candidates. This volume compares how women executives differ in promoting gender equality and advocating for women’s rights and interests, as well as in their ability to negotiate gender policy agendas. Comparative and theoretical chapters on post-transition women leaders are complemented by case studies in eight countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern and Central Europe. This book will be of use to students and scholars interested in gender studies, comparative politics, and political leadership.

About the authors

Verónica Montecinos is Professor of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny, USA. She authored Economists, Politics and the State: Chile 1958 – 1994 (1998) and co-edited Economists in the Americas (2009). She has published essays on democratization, technocratic politics, history of economic ideas, and gender and pensions.

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“This book deftly combines theoretical explanations for the scarcity of women in chief executive political roles worldwide using case studies of women as leaders across Latin American, African, Asian, and post-transition European contexts. Explaining why female chief executives are so rare combines sociological, cultural, economic, and political threads and provides the reader with a platform to analyze the particular cases that follow and the obstacles as well as possibilities that confront gender-based reforms proposed by women political leaders. Overall, this book provides a nice combination of generalized explanation and specific social and political contexts and is shaped through an excellent introduction by the editor.” (Professor Emeritus Bert A. Rockman, Purdue University, USA)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48240-2
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Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48239-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies
Editors
  • Verónica Montecinos
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48240-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48240-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48239-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 300
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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