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Does Female Leadership Matter? An Analysis of Swedish Foreign Ministers and their Parliamentary Speeches, 1955–2016

Författare

  • Hanna Bäck
  • Annika Björkdahl

Summary, in English

The current Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, has in her foreign policy statement claimed that a feminist foreign policy will be an integral part of activities throughout the Swedish Foreign Service. Even though an explicit ‘feminist foreign policy’ is a rather recent and ‘Swedish’ phenomenon, foreign policies in line with such a general ‘feminist’ agenda may have been implemented throughout history, by various foreign policy leaders. The question is, does the gender of leaders matter for foreign policy? The previous literature on women in foreign policy making has mainly been based on case studies of individual women in power, or on gender equality as key to explaining sustainable peace. We contribute to the literature on gender and foreign policy by systematically evaluating a claim that female foreign policy leaders make a difference, that is, having a female foreign policy leader in a country is likely to lead to certain policy outputs in the area of foreign policy. We evaluate this claim by analyzing the changes in policy rhetoric and suggested policy measures of Swedish foreign policy leaders, male and female, in their domestic foreign policy declarations during the post-world war II period.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2017-12

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

1-32

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

STANCE Working Papers Series

Volym

2017

Issue

10

Dokumenttyp

Working paper

Förlag

Department of Political Science, Lund University

Ämne

  • Political Science

Nyckelord

  • feminism
  • female
  • foreign policy
  • Sweden
  • leadership

Status

Published

Projekt

  • State-Making and the Origins of Global Order in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond