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Contagious RepresentationWomen's Political Representation in Democracies around the World$
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Frank C. Thames and Margaret S. Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814784174

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814784174.001.0001

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Women and the Executive

Women and the Executive

(p.39) 3 Women and the Executive
Contagious Representation

Frank C. Thames

Margaret S. Williams

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the factors that explain the election of female chief executives. As women increasingly participate in public life, the probability of a female executive increases over time. This means that countries with a greater tradition of women's participation are more likely to see a female executive. On the other hand, the most developed countries and the countries where more women participate in the labor force are less likely to have a female executive. There is also strong evidence that contagion influences the election of female chief executives. The importance of women building a substantial presence in one political institution and having that presence spill over into another institution is the creation of a tradition of women's participation in the country, supplying a pool of candidates to serve in various offices.

Keywords:   female chief executives, women's participation, female labor force, contagion, political institutions

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