Women in power: Sex differences in Swedish local elite networks

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Women occupy a small minority of elite positions in contemporary society. In addition, the minority of women who gain access to influential elite positions are often assumed to have their actual influence circumscribed by mechanisms of marginalization. However, systematic evidence to support the latter view is relatively scarce. We apply social network analysis to study sex differences in local elite networks in Sweden, and show empirically that, despite the fact that women are the minority group across all elite dimensions, female elites uphold the same ‘structural status’ as male elites.


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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • social networks, sex differences, local elites, sociology, sociologi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-40
JournalActa Sociologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch