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

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Has women's presence on company boards and in other top management positions improved? And in which countries and types of organization has most progress towards gender parity been made? This book provides an international comparative analysis of the trends and evaluates gender equality policy developments, including those focused on corporate governance, such as the use of gender quotas for board membership. It includes detailed analysis using new data from eight European countries strategically selected because of their different policy frameworks and trajectories with regard to welfare, employment and promoting gender equality: Norway, Sweden, Finland, the UK, France, Spain, Hungary and Slovenia. Developments in women's presence in top management jobs are considered in relation to the broader gender structuring of the labour market and political life. Policy debates and developments to redress women's under-representation in this arena are examined and evaluated and theoretically informed explanations are advanced, which emphasize the influence of national institutional settings and policy regimes, over and above market forces, even at this elite level of the employment hierarchy.

Author Biography

COLETTE FAGAN Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the European Work and Employment Research Centre, University of Manchester UK. She advises the European Commission on gender equality policy as a member of its academic Expert Group on Gender and Employment [EGGE].
MARÍA GONZÁLEZ MENÉNDEZ Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She has published research in the areas of workers' participation, flexible work practices and human resource management.
SILVIA GÓMEZ-ANSÓN Associate Professor of Finance and Accountancy, University of Oviedo, Spain. She has published research in the areas of corporate finance and governance, family firms and privatizations.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Boxesp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Series Prefacep. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
Funding Referencep. xix
Introductionp. 1
Women on Boards in Europe: Past, Present and Futurep. 18
The Women on Boards in Europe Project: Aims, Methodology and Implicationsp. 43
Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards in Norway: Innovative Gender Equality Policyp. 70
Surge Under Threat: The Rapid Increase of Women on Swedish Boards of Directorsp. 91
Individual Competence and Official Support: Women on Company Boards in Finlandp. 109
Women's Representation on the Boards of UK-Listed Companiesp. 128
Women in Top Management in France: A Time of Change?p. 150
Spain on the Norwegian Pathway: Towards a Gender-Balanced Presence of Women on Corporate Boardsp. 169
Women's Under-Representation in Top Management Jobs in Slovenia: New and Persisting Barriers for Younger Generations of Womenp. 198
Women in Management: The Hungarian Casep. 221
Conclusionsp. 245
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 281
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