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Getting a Seat at the Table

Date & Time:
November 24, 2015 | 3:00 pm
Biological Sciences 588
Susan Franceschet

Getting a Seat at the Table: The Gendered Rules and Norms of Cabinet Appointments Around the World

Cabinets are at the pinnacle of policymaking and political processes. As such, cabinet appointments are valuable political prizes. Yet at the beginning of 2015, women held just 17% of ministerial posts around the world. What explains men’s over-representation among cabinet ministers? This presentation explores how the process of selecting cabinet ministers is gendered in ways that create different opportunities for men and women to be recruited into cabinet. The presentation draws on research into the written and unwritten rules of cabinet recruitment in both presidential and parliamentary democracies, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. 


Susan Franceschet is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. She is the author of Women and Politics in Chile and co-editor of The Impact of Gender Quotas and Comparative Public Policy in Latin America. She has researched and published extensively on women’s political representation, gender and public policy, and gender quotas for elected office in Latin America. Her current research project is on women’s recruitment to cabinets in comparative perspective and is funded by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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