Examining national executives through the lens of identity, representation, and power
The Gendered Executive
A Comparative Analysis of Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chief Executives
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Edited by Janet M. Martin and MaryAnne Borrelli
Excluded from the ranks of elite executive decision-makers for generations, women are now exercising power as chiefs of government and chiefs of state. As of April 2016, 112 women in 73 countries have served as presidents or prime ministers.
The Gendered Executive is a critical examination of national executives, focusing on matters of identity, representation, and power. The editors and contributors to this volume address the impact of female executives through political mobilization and participation, policy- and decision-making, and institutional change. Other topics include party nomination processes, the intersectionality of race and gender, and women-centered U.S. foreign policy in southern Africa. In addition, case studies from Chile, India, Portugal, and the United States are presented, as are cross-national comparisons of women leaders in Latin America.
The Gendered Executive will enhance our understanding of the complexity of gender in and comparative analyses of executive politics.
"The theoretical and methodological premise of The Gendered Executive is innovative and groundbreaking. Not only is the topic itself an interesting take on gender and executive political leadership, but the editors and contributors—recognized experts in their fields—look at how these women achieved their positions. This volume is impressive, well thought-out and researched. It will make an excellent addition to the growing literature on women in executive politics and an important contribution to the expanding literature on women as national-level executive leaders."
"There are very few book-length treatments of gender and chief executive office, and certainly no book that combines a focus on the U.S. presidency with comparative perspectives. What I like the most about The Gendered Executive is the attempt to create a more meaningful dialogue across two literatures that rarely 'speak' to each other: American politics and comparative politics. The editors' focus on gender, not just women, and the geographic focus, creates a substantive breadth in the volume that is broad and inclusive. As more women are entering the executive branch around the world, The Gendered Executive will become an important source for research."
"Martin and Borrelli provide an exceptional collection of 12 analyses of the intersections of gender, sex, and the executive branch. The editors include American and comparative political perspectives, providing a much-needed integration of research on gender and executive leadership. Individual chapters reveal diverse methodological approaches, from individual case studies...to quantitative analysis. The text also demonstrates that although the US has not yet had a female president, there remains a rich field for analysis, including vice-presidential candidates...and gendered policy making.... This text is a rich contribution to the fields of gender, sex and politics, and executive politics....Summing Up: Highly recommended."
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Janet M. Martin is Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College; author of The Presidency and Women: Promise, Performance, and Illusion and Lessons from the Hill: The Legislative Journey of an Education Program; and co-editor of The Other Elites: Women, Politics, and Power in the Executive Branch.
MaryAnne Borrelli is Professor of Government at Connecticut College; author of The Politics of the President's Wife and The President's Cabinet: Gender, Power, and Representation; co-author of the fourteenth edition of Understanding American Government; and co-editor of The Other Elites: Women, Politics, and Power in the Executive Branch.