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The Other Elites: Women, Politics, and Power in the Executive Branch

MaryAnne Borrelli and Janet M. Martin, editors
 
ISBN: 978-1-55587-658-6
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1997/268 pages/LC: 96-43234

"The editors and authors are to be applauded for their insights and effort in creating a solid foundation of knowledge about this field, and for hopefully inspiring even more research."—Linda Beail, Women and Politics

"A pathbreaking, long overdue book. It makes a significant contribution to both presidential and women's studies."—Michael A. Genovese

DESCRIPTION

The Other Elites features original essays that provide important insights for both presidential studies and the study of women in US politics.

The contributors to this innovative book have two purposes: to study the career paths of women within the executive branch of US government, and to consider gender as a variable in the study of complex organizations. Using historical, comparative, institutional, behavioral, and feminist perspectives, they explore how women perform in the roles of officeholders, policymakers, and activists within the executive branch. The essays investigate the personality and leadership styles of women, as well as their attitudes about contemporary public issues. The concluding section of the book examines the prospects for increased participation for women in the executive branch, including the possibility that a woman may serve as president.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MaryAnne Borrelli is an assistant professor of government at Connecticut College, where she specializes in executive branch politics and women and politics. She is preparing a book entitled Seasons of Executive Representation: The Republican Character and Democratic Contribution of the President's Cabinet. Janet M. Martin is an associate professor of government at Bowdoin College. She is the author of Lessons from the Hill: The Legislative Journey of an Education Program. Her latest book project is Women Who Govern: The Presidency, the Executive Branch, and Women.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction—J. Martin.
  • THEORETICAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES: WOMEN AS POLITICAL EXECUTIVES.
  • Reconceiving Theories of Power: Consequences of Masculinism in the Executive Branch—G. Duerst-Lahti.
  • Routes to Power: An Examination of Political Change, Rulership, and Women's Access to Executive Office—P.A. Hodson.
  • INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVES: WOMEN AS OFFICE-HOLDERS IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH.
  • Women Who Govern: The President's Appointments—J. Martin.
  • Campaign Promises, Transition Dilemmas: Cabinet Building and Executive Representation—M.A. Borrelli.
  • Women on the White House Staff: A Longitudinal Analysis (1939-1994)—K. Dunn Tenpas.
  • Style Does Matter: The Impact of Presidential Leadership on Women in Foreign Policy—N.E. McGlen and M.R. Sarkees.
  • INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVES: THE PRESIDENT, CONGRESS AND THE COURTS.
  • Diversity and the Politicization of Presidential Appointments: A Case Study of the Achtenberg Nomination—J.R. Schroedel, S. Spray and B.D. Snyder.
  • A President's Legacy: Gender and Appointment to the Federal Courts—R.L. Pacelle, Jr.
  • POLICY AND PARTICIPATION: WOMEN AS EXECUTIVE ACTIVISTS AND AS CITIZENS.
  • The Office of the First Lady and Public Policy Making—B.C. Burrell.
  • The Solicitor General and Gender: Litigating the President's Agenda and Serving the Supreme Court—R.L. Pacelle, Jr.
  • From the Ballet Box to the White House?—C. Wilcox.
  • CONCLUSION—M.A. Borrelli.