Academic journal article Journal of International Affairs

Women on Corporate Boards and in Top Management: European Trends and Policy

Academic journal article Journal of International Affairs

Women on Corporate Boards and in Top Management: European Trends and Policy

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WOMEN ON CORPORATE BOARDS AND IN TOP MANAGEMENT: EUROPEAN TRENDS AND POLICY

Edited by Collete Fagan, Maria C. Gonzalez, and Silvia Gomez Anson

(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 288 pages.

Despite the growing number of women attaining higher-education degrees and gaining employment throughout various economic sectors, there are still a comparatively limited number of females on corporate boards and in top management roles. While Europe is ahead of other regions in terms of the number of women represented at higher levels in companies, the set of essays in this book examines the reasons for the presence and absence of females in elite positions throughout strategically selected European countries.

The framework for comparative analysis used in the book divides countries into four models: the Nordic social democratic model, the liberal model, the corporatist model, and the European post-social model. These conceptual paradigms of analysis reveal unique trends of female participation in top management positions as a result of different policies specific to individual countries. The authors propose two main reasons for the low number of women on corporate boards and in top management: the burden of domestic and professional work and the requirements of availability and geographic mobility at all times. …

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