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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

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

Margaret S. Williams

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814784174.003.0003

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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