The Political Environment



In western societies on both sides of the Atlantic gender-balanced large company boards are increasingly being seen as symbols of the new enlightenment. Politicians of all colours and persuasions have become convinced that male-dominated leadership of large companies and other organisations is an anachronism in a modern democracy. It violates the principle of equality of opportunity and leads to sub-optimal allocations of talent, skill and ability.


European Union Corporate Governance Political Environment Supervisory Board Female Director 
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© Peninah Thomson OBE, Clare Laurent and Tom Lloyd 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UK Foreign OfficeUK

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