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“Figurines and Doyennes: The Selection of Female Ministers in Autocracies and Democracies” by Stuart Bramwell, Hikaru Yamagishi, & Jacob Nyrup

November 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am JST

Authors: Stuart Bramwell (Oxford), Hikaru Yamagishi (Yale), and Jacob Nyrup (Oxford).

Abstract: In this article, we show that democracy promotes women’s access into the highest echelons of power. To explain why we present a novel theoretical framework and argue that democratic leaders have more women to choose from when picking candidates for ministerial positions and need to satisfy different demands to stay in office. These mechanisms should matter more, when democracy is consolidated, implying that it is not democracy in itself that explains women’s access to power, but instead the stock of democracy. While a rich body of work has investigated the relatively lower levels of female politicians, few studies have addressed the selection of female ministers. This is partly due to the lack of available data. We use a novel data set (WhoGov) of cabinet ministers worldwide, covering yearly data from 1966 to 2016. Empirically, we contribute the first investigation into the selection of female ministers worldwide over a long time period.

Discussants: Karen Beckwith (Case Western), Susan Franceschet (Calgary), Malliga Och (Idaho State), and Sona Golder (Penn State).

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