Women political leaders : breaking the highest glass ceiling /
Jane S. Jensen.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
ix, 268 p.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jane S. Jensen has a PhD from the University of Illinois and a JD from Temple University Law School and has taught political science at the University of Kentucky, Temple University, and Drexel University. She was an attorney with the U.S. Maritime Administration and has published in several journals, including Teaching Political Science, Asian Forum, the University of Cincinnati Law Review, and the International Development Review for which she also served as book review editor.
Main Description
This book examines the many routes sixty or so women have taken to become president or prime minister of their countries and the problems they have encountered once in office. Their ability to deal with the difficulties of governmental and party leadership in a male-dominated culture are discussed along with an evaluation of their performance in managing domestic problems and handling the issues of war and peace. The essential question asked throughout is what difference being female made in their governing style.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Acquiring the Right to the Franchisep. 5
Why So Few Women in Politicsp. 6
Where Women Hold Swayp. 10
Those Who Became Leadersp. 12
Political Legaciesp. 15
Widowsp. 15
Daughtersp. 26
Conclusionsp. 35
Professional Politiciansp. 37
Stopgap Appointmentp. 37
Challengers for Party Leadershipp. 39
Appointments to Aid Faltering Parties and Troubled Governmentsp. 45
Leaders of Former Soviet Republicsp. 52
The Finnish Duop. 54
Leaders of Plural Executivesp. 55
Leaders of Micro Statesp. 56
Elected Executive Presidentsp. 59
Conclusionsp. 60
Temporaries, Tokens, and Ceremonial Leadersp. 63
Leaders Overseeing Electionsp. 63
Leaders Chosen to Deal with Civil Conflictp. 67
Interim Leadersp. 69
Tokensp. 72
Ceremonial Leadersp. 73
Conclusionsp. 77
The Early Yearsp. 79
Parental Political Activitiesp. 79
The Father/Daughter Relationshipp. 85
The Mother/Daughter Relationshipp. 89
Sibling Relationshipsp. 94
Conclusionsp. 95
Educational Experiencesp. 97
Formal Educationp. 98
Extracurricular Activitiesp. 107
Conclusionsp. 109
Balancing Family and Political Careerp. 111
Ambivalence about Marriage and Familyp. 117
Husbands as Political Liabilitiesp. 120
Divorce and Widowhoodp. 125
Conclusionsp. 126
Early Political Experiencep. 127
Getting Started in Politicsp. 128
Climbing the Political Ladderp. 134
Starting at the Top: Widows and Daughtersp. 140
A Push up the Ladder: The Role of Mentorsp. 144
Conclusionsp. 146
Running for Officep. 149
Physical Characteristics of Leadersp. 150
Coping with the Rigors of a Campaignp. 152
Meeting Her Family Responsibilitiesp. 155
Is She Competent?p. 156
Is She Tough?p. 159
The Special Case of Widows and Daughtersp. 162
Running against a Womanp. 165
Conclusionsp. 170
Forming Governmentsp. 173
Cabinet Selectionp. 174
Presidential Systemsp. 178
Dual Systemsp. 179
Plural Executive and Multiparty Systemsp. 180
Military Dominated Statesp. 182
Selection by Widows and Daughtersp. 182
Selection by Temporary Leadersp. 186
Portfolios Assumed by Leadersp. 187
Conclusionsp. 188
Political Decision Making and Management Stylesp. 191
The Cabinet's Role in Decision Makingp. 192
Alternatives to Formal Cabinet Decision Makingp. 195
Personal Advisers and Outside Expertsp. 197
Management Stylep. 202
Conclusionsp. 204
Political Leadershipp. 207
Party Leadershipp. 208
Legislative Leadershipp. 212
Popular Leadershipp. 214
Responding to Leadership Challengesp. 216
Conclusionsp. 221
Epiloguep. 223
Appendix: Background of Women Leadersp. 229
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 261
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