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Skytte Manuscript Workshop’s Book “Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender” Now Published

2019-09-03 by Michal Smrek, photo of the three book authors by Michal Smrek.

In the fall of 2016, the Skytte Foundation has had the pleasure to hold a Skytte Manuscript Workshop for authors Prof. Claire Annesley (Sussex University), Prof. Karen Beckwith (Case Western Reserve University) and Prof. Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary). During three days, a distinguished group of international and Swedish scholars discussed the book manuscript “Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender”. The manuscript has now been published by Oxford University Press.


The three authors all agreed that the workshop was very important for their continued work with the book manuscript. One of the book authors, Susan Franceschet, said:

“The Johan Skytte Manuscript Workshop offers authors a rare and remarkable opportunity to discuss their work in-depth with a group of experts in a collegial and face-to-face setting. There are no other opportunities for this kind of engagement and deep reflection on a book manuscript prior to publication.”

The book offers a pathbreaking temporal and cross-national analysis of the gendered process of cabinet formation, using original data. It also introduces the concept of the ‘concrete floor’ – the minimum number of female ministers needed to ensure the cabinet’s legitimacy. The book contributes to a number of important debates not least in the subfields of Politics and Gender and Comparative Politics. More information can be found here.

Book cover. Photo by Oxford University Press.

The Skytte Manuscript Workshop is an annual scholarly event which provides book manuscript authors with the unique opportunity of two days of concentrated intellectual discussion on the entire manuscript, which is rare in these days of short panel presentations, article writing, and multi-tasking in academia. The next Skytte Manuscript Workshop will take place in Uppsala between September 20 and 21, 2019. The subject of the workshop will be a manuscript entitled Freedom by Force: Why Foreign-Imposed Democracies Succeed or Fail, penned by Jonathan Monten (UCL).