Gender, Leadership and Representative Democracy: The Differential Impacts of the Global Pandemic

Kim Rubenstein, Trish Bergin, Pia Rowe

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Abstract

That effective leadership is crucial during global emergencies is uncontested. However what that leadership looks like, and how it plays out in different contexts is less straightforward. In representative democracy, diversity is considered to be a key element for true representation of the society. In addition, previous research has unequivocally demonstrated the positive impacts of gender equality in leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare some of the real world implications of gender inequalities in the leadership context. In this article, we examine the differential impacts of COVID-19 on women, and reflect on potential pathways for women’s active participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-103
Number of pages10
JournalDemocratic Theory
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Sep 2020

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