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Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender$
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Claire Annesley, Karen Beckwith, and Susan Franceschet

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190069018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190069018.001.0001

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The Gendered Consequences of Qualifying Criteria

The Gendered Consequences of Qualifying Criteria

(p.211) 9 The Gendered Consequences of Qualifying Criteria
Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender

Claire Annesley

Karen Beckwith

Susan Franceschet

Oxford University Press

Chapter 9 analyzes the gendered consequences of rules about qualification and investigates whether there are differences in the types of experience that male and female ministrables bring to a cabinet team and whether deploying affiliational criteria when selecting ministers disadvantages women. The chapter finds that the type of experience men and women bring to cabinet does not differ substantially, but shows that there are barriers to women accumulating political experience, that women’s experience is often invisible to selectors, and that selectors exploit the flexibility inherent in experiential criteria to identify qualified men rather than women. The chapter also finds that the affiliational criteria that play a role in allocating ministerial opportunities are traditionally gendered to men’s advantage. Overall, the findings are that, where affiliation is a strong and consistent criterion for ministerial qualification, women’s presence in cabinet remains low for longer and does not reach high magnitudes.

Keywords:   parity cabinet, experiential criteria, affiliational criteria, informal rule, gender, cabinet appointments, gender bias

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