The President's Cabinet

The President's Cabinet : Gender, Power and Representation

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Are female office holders most acceptable when they most resemble men? Why has a woman never led the Department of the Treasury, or Defense, or Veterans Affairs? Reflecting on these and similar questions, MaryAnne Borrelli explores women's selection for - and exclusion from - U.S. cabinet positions. Borrelli considers how the rhetoric employed in the selection and confirmation of secretaries-designate establishes gendered expectations for the performance of nominees once they are in office. Analyzing the career paths of secretaries appointed from the 1930s through the first year of the George W. Bush administration, she demonstrates how gender shapes political judgments - by presidents, senators, and the nominees themselves - to reflect consistently masculine ideas about who should rule and how power should be exercised in the United more

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  • Hardback | 275 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588260941
  • 9781588260949

Table of contents

Linking Presidency Research and Gender Studies. CABINET NOMINATIONS: POWER AND PROCESS. The President's Nomination Power. Presidential Decisionmaking: Selecting the Secretaries-Designate. SCRUTINIZING THE SECRETARIES-DESIGNATE: CAREER PATTERNS AND IMPLICATIONS. The Secretaries-Designate. The Women's Careers. Media Coverage. CABINET CONFIRMATIONS: IDEOLOGY AND EVALUATION. Legislative-Executive Relations in Cabinet Building. The Confirmation Hearing and Floor Action. CONCLUSION. Understanding more

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"Borrelli's examination of the gendered nature of the cabinet nomination and confirmation process offers a distinctive and compelling analytical perspective.... This is an important contribution to scholarship on the U.S. presidency, the federal executive, and women in politics." - Karen Hultshow more

About Maryanne Borrelli

MaryAnne Borrelli is associate professor of government at Connecticut more

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