Women as Foreign Policy Leaders: National Security and Gender Politics in Superpower America - Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations (Hardback)Sylvia Bashevkin (author)
Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 01/10/2018
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What difference does gender make to foreign diplomacy? What do we know about women's participation as decision-makers in international affairs? Is it fair to assume, as many observers do, that female elites will mirror the relatively pacifist preferences of women in the general public as well as the claims of progressive feminist movements? And, of particular importance to this book, what consequences follow from the appointment of "firsts" to these posts? Inspired by recent work in the field of feminist diplomatic history, this book offers the first comparative examination of women's presence in senior national security positions in the United States executive branch. Sylvia Bashevkin looks at four high-profile appointees in the United States since 1980: Jeane Kirkpatrick during the Reagan years, Madeleine Albright in the Clinton era, Condoleezza Rice during the George W. Bush presidency, and Hillary Rodham Clinton in the first Obama mandate. Bashevkin explores the extent to which each of these women was able to fully participate in a domain long dominated by men, focusing in particular on the extent to which each shaped foreign policy in meaningful ways. She looks particularly at two specific phenomena: first, the influence of female decision-makers, notably their ability to make measurable difference to the understanding and practice of national security policy; and second, leaders' actions with respect to matters of war and women's rights. The track records of these four women reveal not just a consistent willingness to pursue muscular, aggressive approaches to international relations, but also widely divergent views about feminism. Women as Foreign Policy Leaders shows how Kirkpatrick, Albright, Rice, and Clinton staked out their presence on the international scene and provided a crucial antidote to the silencing of women's voices in global politics.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 280
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
"There has been a great dearth of work on women in foreign policy for almost twenty years, and thus there is a crying need to take up that issue once more. Rescuing a robust description of the influence and efforts of four impressive female US foreign policy leaders is an incalculable contribution. This book is theoretically informative, suggesting that many of our assumptions about women and foreign policy leadership are misleading. It is a stellar contribution on several levels."- Valerie Hudson, Director of the Program on Women, Peace, and Security, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
"In Women as Foreign Policy Leaders, Sylvia Bashevkin centers the four women who have held the most senior foreign policy posts in US administrations to date: Jeane Kirkpatrick, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton. Bashevkin offers not only detailed accounts of what the women did in office, but also explores how scholars might judge these four women. This book should be read across political science and IR, feminist and non-feminist to empirical and theoretical scholars: Bashevkin's book is rich in detail and engagingly so, but it is also conceptually sharp, provoking scholars to rethink how we study gender, foreign policy, leadership, and representation."- Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender, Birkbeck, University of London
"Sylvia Bashevkin's analysis of four US women decision-makers since 1980 busts three major myths: that women leaders resemble the female electorate in their foreign policy preferences, that they're doves on defense compared with male leaders, and that executive government is the most significant socializing influence on their leadership. Her study is timely given the rise of women in foreign policy leadership across states around the world. It opens the door to a whole new field of comparative research examining the difference that gender and leadership make to foreign policy. Scholars and students of international relations in every country should take heed."-Jacqui True, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Monash University
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