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How a new global gender-balance norm affects cabinet composition

The representation of women in cabinets and legislatures has increased sharply since the 1990s, although it still falls far short of parity with men.  What explains the recent shift?  In the current issue of Governance, Suraj Jacob, John Scherpereel and Melinda Adams argued that international norms have played an important role.  Their study relies on an original global database of cabinet ministers from 1979 to 2009.  “A gender-balanced decision-making norm has become embedded in the world polity,” they argue.  But the norm still has limits: it is “more likely to generate gains in low-prestige cabinet positions than in high-prestige positions.”  Read the article.

Written by Governance

June 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm

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