Analysing women and men in decision-making positions

In this report, three articles from the project “Gender and Power in the Nordic Countries” are made available in English. The articles present comparative figures, analyse measures taken and discuss different explanations for the existing distribution of women and men in decision-making positions within politics and business.In the research project "Gender and Power in the Nordic Countries" (2008-2009), an interdisciplinary Nordic research team mapped out and analysed the representation of women and men in politics and business in the Nordic countries during the last 15 years.

In this English report, Kirsti Niskanen compiles comparative figures on the representation of women and men in decision-making positions in politics and business, and analyzes and interprets the data that was collected in the project from a Nordic and comparative perspective. In the article that follows, Drude Dahlerup discuss whether women in Nordic politics is to be seen as a continuing success story. Lastly, Mari Teigen explores some central aspects pertaining to the Norwegian law on gender quotas on corporate boards, and discuss what circumstances might form the background to such a radical law being accepted.

The report also includes a summary of the results from all the studies in the project.

The report is a source of information for political decision makers, researchers, students, and others who have an interest in Nordic equality policy.

It is available for download, or you can order a printed copy by sending an e-mail to nikk@nikk.uio.no.

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