On Top of the World: Women's Political Leadership in Scandinavia and Beyond

Synopsis

An examination of the political and social characteristics particular to Scandinavia which have made women's rise to power more rapid than in other regions of the world, this study also explores how the resulting election of women has provided valuable evidence of the impact of women leaders and their leadership style. Solheim begins with a critical survey of feminist scholarship regarding the equality-difference debate and the application of such research on the position of women in international politics. He concludes, in this respect, that leadership style may have less to do with gender than one might initially suspect. Archival research and interviews with women in leadership roles provide the reader with a closer look at the Scandinavian system, a view that will challenge gender stereotypes around the world.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Kimberly J. Dilley
  • Marilyn Jurich
  • Franziska Gygax
  • Amy Brown Benson
  • Penelope Fritzer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000