All Roads Lead to Power: The Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women (Hardback)Kaitlin Sidorsky (author)
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In a deep comparative analysis of appointed and elected state positions, All Roads Lead to Power highlights how the differences between being appointed or elected explain why so many more women serve in appointed offices. These women, Sidorsky finds, are not always victims of a much-cited lack of self-confidence or ambition, or of a biased political sphere. More often, they make a conscious decision to enter politics through what they believe is a far less partisan and negative entry point. Furthermore, Sidorsky's research reveals that many women end up in political appointments-at all levels-not because they are ambitious to hold public office, but because the work connects with their personal lives or careers.
With its groundbreaking research and insights into the ambitions, recruitment, and motivations of appointed officials, Sidorsky's work broadens our conception of political representation and alters our understanding of how and why women pursue and achieve political power.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"In this fascinating and well-researched book, Kaitlin Sidorsky begins to fill a significant gap in our knowledge by focusing on the highly understudied subject of women who serve in appointed office. Sidorsky convincingly demonstrates through surveys and interviews that many of the women who hold government appointments define what they do as nonpolitical, demonstrating a distaste for elections and partisan pursuits, viewing the positions they hold as steps in their professional careers, and insisting that they do not want to be involved in politics. Her book raises important questions and challenges for scholars and activists concerned about increasing women's involvement and influence in American politics."--Susan J. Carroll, coauthor of A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen's Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters