Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies

  • Verónica Montecinos

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership book series (PSPL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Verónica Montecinos
    Pages 1-36
  3. Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer, Catherine Reyes-Housholder
    Pages 81-99
  4. Elizabeth A. Yates, Melanie M. Hughes
    Pages 101-122
  5. Diana J. Mendoza, Maria Elissa Jayme Lao
    Pages 205-219
  6. Verónica Montecinos
    Pages 277-286
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-300

About this book


This book contributes to our understanding of the trajectories and prerogatives of female political leaders in the varying context of democratization, political institutions and cultural norms. No woman had been elected leader of a country before 1960, but with democratic transitions on the rise since the 1970s, the number of women in executive office gradually became a trend of global scope. In 2015, nineteen countries had an elected female Head of State and/or Government, a proportionally small number that is expected to climb as more women compete for high office, sometimes against other female candidates. This volume compares how women executives differ in promoting gender equality and advocating for women’s rights and interests, as well as in their ability to negotiate gender policy agendas. Comparative and theoretical chapters on post-transition women leaders are complemented by case studies in eight countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern and Central Europe. This book will be of use to students and scholars interested in gender studies, comparative politics, and political leadership.


female leaders executive politics democratization gender policies leadership studies Dilma Rousseff Michelle Bachelet Luísa Dias Diogo Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Corazon Aquino Sheikh Hasina Iveta Radicova Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Editors and affiliations

  • Verónica Montecinos
    • 1
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State University, Greater AlleghenyMcKeesportUSA

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