··Awarded the Descartes Prize 2004 of the European Commission·· How do gender inequalities translate at the top of politics and business? Is the gender gap eliminated for the most influential players in industrial democratic society? This informed and compelling analysis examines the demographic characteristics, family circumstances and career paths of a group of elite women. The book is noteworthy for being one of the first empirically based studies of women elites. Drawing on a sample from no less than 27 countries, a convincing and highly original picture is constructed that informs readers of career paths, values, social networks and gender battles for women elites. Co-ordinated by Mino Vianello and Gwen Moore, the research fills in a huge gap about how power actually operates in industrial-democratic societies. It enables us to test the view that substantial equality between the sexes has been achieved in the twenty first century. It constitutes a landmark work, both in the study of gender difference and the analysis of power. The findings will be of interest to academics and advanced students in a wide range of disciplines including stratification, globalization, political science, international relations, gender, sociology, organizational studies and much more.

Networks: An Application of Multidimensional Scaling Analysis

Networks: An application of multidimensional scaling analysis
RosannaMemoli

The preceding article, by Palgi and Moore, examines mentoring and elite contacts separately. The purpose of this article, however, is to analyse a larger set of informal networking measures simultaneously.

One of the objects of research into the mechanisms of women's promotion to roles of leadership in public life is to analyse the processes that make up the structure, behaviour and action of elites. The formation of elites, the way in which they are characterized, and their means of production depend on the economic, political and social features of the systems to which they belong (Siemieńska, 1999). Once they have reached the top, these elites tend to work out strategies aimed at continuing ...

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